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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnanehttps://www.thatsfarming.com/
Catherina Cunnane hails from a fifth-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 company in 2015.
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Things they don’t tell you about dating an agricultural contractor

That’s Farming’s version of things people do not tell you about dating an agricultural contractor.

  • You must be able to cook breakfast, dinner, lunch and tea for the entire ag contracting team, not just your other half;
  • You must become a professional tea and sandwich maker;
  • Being able to make a ‘good’ and a ‘grand’ cup of tea could be the difference between gaining and losing ‘wife material’ status;
  • You must familiarise yourself with the term ‘cab slag’;
  • Warning: You may not see your other half during silage season;
  • Date nights consist of viewing GRASSMEN or Farm FLiX;
  • Forget about nights out and weekends away during silage and slurry spreading season;
  • When dating an agricultural contractor, a day trip will consist of going to a farm machinery show;
  • If machinery parts need to be picked up, cancel your plans for the rest of the day/evening;
  • When you are driving along a road with your other half, they more than likely will be comparing ‘green diesel’ prices among various outlets.
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.
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