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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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What not to do when dating a farmer

What not to do when dating a farmer

That’s Farming’s take on what not to do when dating a farmer.

  • Do not take offence if they are glued to their phone during dinner time – This may be the only time of day when they get to tune into online marts via MartEye, LSL Auctions, check out the latest farming news on That’s Farming, or take a scroll through;
  • Timekeeping: Do not be surprised if they turn up hours later than they had arranged: ‘I will be there in 5 minutes’ means I have not left yet, but you can expect to see me at some stage today;
  • Do not take everything word for word: ‘We will go there shortly’ could be anything up to a year’s time;
  • Do not take offence to any profanities exchanged during herding – chances are they are targeted at livestock and not you;
  • Do not expect them to organise their own attire for nights out, holidays or weekends away – That is your job!
  • Do not feel on edge if they receive lots of phone notifications – they have any amount of farming and weather apps on their phone;
  • Do not take offence if they forget to mark Valentine’s Day – After all, it falls during the height of calving and lambing season;
  • An expert piece of culinary advice is that Irish-produced beef, lamb or pork, in a farmer’s eye, is a Michelin-star five-star dish;
  • Do not plan holidays during the summer months – it is silage season, so maybe try the early back end just ahead of early spring;
  • Do not take offence if they do not remember your birthday, but remember every cow’s tag number and expected calving due date;
  • Do not overlook the basics: Your tea and sandwich-making abilities are a way to gauge your marriage material eligibility;
  • Do not be surprised if they gift you wellies, a calf or a lamb for your birthday or Christmas;
  • Do not think that you will escape paperwork, bottle-feeding or herding (standing in a gap) duties.

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