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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 an ag contractor

 What not to do when dating an ag contractor

That’s Farming’s take on what not to do when dating an ag contractor.

  • Do not take offence if they are glued to their phone during dinner time – This may be the only time of day when they can tune into machinery news on That’s Farming take a scroll through, or watch GRASSMEN or FarmFlix clips;
  • Do not plan nights out with them or weekends away during silage and slurry spreading season;
  • 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 if they do not remember your birthday, but remember every make and model of tractors, serial numbers for parts, ect;
  • Do not be surprised if they gift you wellies, overalls or any form of machinery-branded merchandise for Christmas, anniversaries or your birthday;
  • Do not be afraid to use the slurry spreading closed period to your advantage – plan your holidays with them then!
  • Do not be disappointed if they whisk you away to a machinery show overseas as a holiday when you thought you would be soaking up some Spanish rays!
  • Do not take offence if they suggest taking you to make silage as a mid-summer date;
  • Do not dare think you will evade tea and sandwich-making duties – even if you despise cooking;
  • Do not be surprised if you have to get behind the wheel of a tractor if there is a shortage of drivers/operators;
  • Do not take offence if they make unfavoured comments about your outfit choices that do not match their favourite tractor brand’s colour scheme;
  • Cancel your planned brunch and tea dates if you have to pick up machinery parts because of break-downs on your days off;
  • Do not think that because they are gone from dawn to dusk, they are not serious about your relationship.

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