That’s Farming’s take on things people do not tell you about dating a dairy farmer.
- Forget about weekends away during springtime – You have reserved your accommodation at ‘Costa del Calving Shed’
- Measuring grass frequently is one of your most important jobs – that is one way to work towards your 10,000 steps/day target
- You must become a calf-rearing pro
- The weather forecast is your ‘Bible’
- You have milk prices, milk solid figures, TBC levels and EBI values at the tip of your tongue
- You cannot snooze the alarm clock – no time for lie-ins when cows are lining up to be milked
- You have to keep track of important events – such as AI and calving dates – in your diary
- You must learn the field’s code names – ‘The round field’, ‘the field below the road’, ‘the field beside McGrath’s bog’
- One must not take offence to the use of profanities – more than likely, they are swearing at a cow and not you (unless you closed the ‘wrong’ gate )
- Working cattle together could be your greatest relationship test
- All cattle might look the same to you, but you must have a good idea of which one is which
- Date nights involve watching MartEye, LSL Auctions, the weather forecast or CCTV footage from the maternity ward
- You are a pro app user – Herdwatch, PastureBase, Mart Eye and LSL Auctions (and That’s Farming), to name but a few
- Your other half will remember every cow’s (or nearly all) due dates but may forget your birthday or other important dates
- If you have not completed a milking course, get yourself signed up!
Becoming a farmer
That’s Farming’s light-hearted take on what people do not tell you about becoming a farmer.
- Farming is not for the faint-hearted
- Regardless of how strong your leadership qualities are, your animals are your boss – especially around calving and lambing season
- You will have to become a meteorological, a scientist, a DIY pro, an animal husbandry expert, and a mind reader all in one
- You will shed any amount of blood, sweat or tears and experience heartache and heartbreak when you have livestock
- Regardless of how stock-proof your fences are, your animals will always find a way to break out
- You must learn to develop patience – Livestock may decide to break out, or cows may decide to calve just as you are pulling off for a day or night out;
- Learn to expect the unexpected – including births and deaths
- No matter how hard you try, things do not always go your way
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