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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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Things people do not tell you about dating a dairy farmer

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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