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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 sheep farmer

Dating a sheep farmer

That’s Farming’s light-hearted take on things people do not tell you about dating a sheep farmer:

  1. Sheep farming is not for the faint-hearted – get used to blood, sweat, tears and everything in between
  2. When your other half warns you never to get too attached to a lamb/ewe, they are not just saying it – sheep will always find a way to die no matter what!
  3. Plans revolve around the flock, and when they decide to get sick or break out
  4. Day dates to sheep sales and sheep shows are a thing
  5. Date nights involve watching MartEye, LSL Auctions, the weather forecast or CCTV footage from the maternity ward;
  6. You do not need to worry about booking dinner or a weekend break during February to mark Valentine’s Day – you have reserved your accommodation at ‘Costo del Sheep Shed’ for lambing season
  7. If you work off-farm, you must save your annual leave for lambing season
  8. Prepare to take pet lambs nestling in front of the fire under your wing and take charge of bottle-feeding duties
  9. One must not take offence to the use of profanities – more than likely, they are swearing at the sheep and not you (unless you closed the ‘wrong’ gate );
  10. Forget about Sunday hangovers – ‘Sheep Sundays’ are a thing
  11. You have to keep track of important dates – such as lambing – in your calendar
  12. Working sheep together could be your greatest relationship test
  13. All sheep might look the same to you, but you must have a good idea of which one is which
  14. Moving sheep may be more testing than any triathlon you have ever undertaken
  15. Consider getting your other half a good sheepdog for Christmas or a special birthday – it might prevent a row or two!

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