A video of a three year old girl ’expertly’ handling her ewe named Ethel at the Online Agricultural Show has gone viral.
The video of Barley Brook Sellar was filmed as part of a sheep handling class for children under eight years old at her family home in Norfolk and has been viewed 1.5 million times.
Filmed by her mother, Caitlin Jenkins, Miss Sellar confidently pushed the sheep back with her hips, as sheep handlers should, and confirmed its breed as a Border Leicester.
Taking to Twitter, fell farmer and author James Rebanks, who had been judging the online sheep show, documented his praise for the young sheep handler.
Spent the last hour judging the online sheep show— James Rebanks (@herdyshepherd1)
And I have to tell you that the young handlers under 8 class was the cutest thing I have ever seen pic.twitter.com/CS1ZiATOhU
The clip formed part of the Greatest Online Agricultural Show, which was launched in a bid to beat the Covid-19 lockdown and counter numerous show cancellations.
With the footage attracting more than 73,000 likes, Mr Rebanks added: “I have never seen anyone command a sheep with ‘STAND’ - the sheep’s face is priceless.”