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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
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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15 reasons: You know you are a vet when…

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15 reasons: Ways you can tell you are a vet

  • Your phone is constantly ringing
  • Your jeep/van is a mess, but you know where everything is
  • You could find a calving glove anywhere
  • Planning weekends away and nights out can be a challenge (to say the least)
  • Coffee is your brain fuel
  • You know every back road and farm in the parish
  • You’re known as ‘the vet’ in the area
  • Music playlists keep you sane
  • You try to be a good timekeeper, but animals often decide otherwise
  • You have a ‘cup of tae’ in every house that you visit
  • You clock up more mileage than some taxi drivers
  • You often find needles in your washing machine
  • Some clients have you on speed dial and could ring at any hour about anything
  • You wish that all of your farm clients could provide Eircodes
  • Sometimes you wonder why you did not go for an easier job – especially when faced with tough calving cases at silly o’clock
Other ways you can tell articles:
How to identify ag contractors:
  • They haven’t seen their beds in 4 weeks;
  • They are depending on others to feed you;
  • The uniform: boots, jeans, polo shirt;
  • The earpiece is glued to their head;
  • They haven’t seen your other half since Christmas;
  • They go into a state of hibernation for the winter months;
  • The only time they are not in the cab is when they break something;
  • They drive some sort of customised car when not driving tractors.

Ways you can tell you are a sheep farmer:

  • You’re the fittest farmer in the area, from running after them when they break out;
  • Your first language is whistling rather than English, from all the time spent with the dog;
  • You dish out pet lambs as Christmas and birthday presents;
  • Your fencing is so good that even you can’t leave the farm;
  • You spend more time with your dog than your family;
  • You can never rest easy, whether it be lambing, foxes or broken fences;
  • You have taken up knitting as a solution to recent wool prices;
  • Counting sheep keeps you up rather than making you fall asleep.

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