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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 farmer

That’s Farming’s version of things people do not tell you about dating a farmer.

  • Plans revolve around livestock;
  • The weather forecast is ‘the Bible’;
  • A cow will generally show signs to calve when you are about to head out the door (even though he/she is watching her all week);
  • Become familiar with the term ‘cab slag’;
  • Herding could be your relationship’s greatest test;
  • Forget about date nights during calving, lambing and silage season (the lambing/calving shed or tractor cab it is);
  • A holiday involves a day in the bog;
  • A cup of tea can solve anything (within reason);
  • You will always find bailing twine in their pockets;
  • A ‘full’s night sleep’ is more than five hours;
  • When you go out for dinner, you must order beef or lamb (forget about those fancy pasta dishes);
  • You will become their ‘unofficial’ lambing/calving assistant;
  • They spend their time looking at mart sales via MartEye or LSL Auctions or ads on Donedeal when they are on their phone;
  • Consider a trip to the mart a date/day trip;
  • Unless you become their farming assistant, you may not see them for days;
  • If they do not return your call or text immediately, it does not mean they have lost interest.

Dating a farmer 

Some information you should know when dating a farmer from UFU:

  • Standing in the gap when moving livestock and not falling out with the in-laws;
  • Going on a ‘break’ over the harvest/silage period is essential;
  • Date night consists of viewing Rare Breed, Farm FLiX, the weather forecast or CCTV footage of the maternity ward;
  • Meals in the local livestock market or in the cab of the tractor;
  • A unique smelling ‘perfume’;
  • They are never on time – especially when it’s lambing/calving time or the slurry ban is lifted;
  • Understand all the farmer lingo and acronyms;
  • Under every field ‘name’ and back road – “The top field down the side road at Jimmy’s”
  • Learn the codes: “The one with the….” Or “the biggest one…”
  • Being telepathic is handy;
  • Become an expert in keeping farm records.

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