Kaleb Cooper started farming business at 13 and bought his first tractor two years later
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Clarkson's Farm is back on our screens - and that also means the return of Kaleb Cooper.
The farm contractor was a breakout star in the first season, with his love of farming endearing himself to viewers. Indeed, this passion dates back to his childhood.
The 24-year-old told Country Living that he was obsessed with farming as a child, and started out when he was just 13 by keeping three chickens on a small piece of land owned by his dad.
He went door to door selling the eggs, and used the profits to buy more hens, amassing hundreds of them within months.
By the time he was 15, he'd saved up enough to buy himself a tractor - which he wasn't yet old enough to drive.
"I think I was put on this planet to farm," he said.
"My mum's not a farmer, my dad's not a farmer, but I was set in my goal from a very young age."
This work ethic hasn't wavered in the years since, with Kaleb fiercely determined to achieve his dream of owning his own farm. Indeed, he told LADbible that he regularly clocks 117-hour weeks.
"That's an average week," he said.
"My one goal in life is to buy myself a farm - that's what I want more than anything."
He added: "I'm a firm believer, if you wake up in the morning and go, 'Urghhh, got to work,' you're in the wrong job straightaway.
"I wake up and I go, 'Right, dreams don't work unless you do.' You know, that's one thing that's in my head all the time."
Clarkson - who is both his boss and his pupil - was full of praise for 'the foetus', as he refers to him on the hit Prime Video series.
"He's a wonderful, wonderful person," Clarkson told LADbible. "The hardest working person I know.
"He doesn't have a day off either. He does 18 hours a day, every day."
Much of the joy of the show is watching Kaleb frustratedly teach Clarkson the fundamentals of farming, with the broadcaster trading in expensive cars for costly livestock as he attempts to farm the 1,000 acres of land he owns in the Cotswolds. And the importance of Kaleb is not lost on Clarkson.
Asked why he thinks the show has proven so popular, the 62-year-old said: "Kaleb. I think he's an absolute star.
"And what I love about Kaleb is he just has no airs and graces around me at all, it's just, 'You f***ing useless w***er.'
"That happens on a daily basis, and I live in constant fear of upsetting him - which I know I've done.
"I did something yesterday so bad, and I know he's going to find out, and I couldn't sleep last night thinking, 'He is going to be livid with me.'"