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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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15 reasons why you should date a farmer

That’s Farming’s version of why you should date a farmer…

  1. They help to bring new life into the world in the form of calves, lambs and piglets;
  2. They are not afraid of hard work;
  3. They are reliable – “If you want something done, ask a busy person,” Benjamin Franklin once said;
  4. They are their own boss;
  5. They are trustworthy – They keep their word;
  6. They have a farmer’s tan that no bottle or sunbed compares to;
  7. They are passionate and have an unrivalled interest in their livestock;
  8. No place beats a farm for raising a family;
  9. Variety: You will not run out of date ideas – tractor rides, agricultural shows or mart sales,
  10. Things will never become repetitive or monotonous – farming never fails to spring surprises;
  11. Talented: An unofficial meteorologist, DIY expert, scientist, food provider, agronomist and animal behaviourist all in one;
  12. You can grow and develop a business together;
  13. You can learn to do things that you never imagined – such as mastering tractor driving;
  14. They produce their own food – such as veg and home-produced beef or lamb;
  15. They are not afraid of hardships or lows.
Dating a farmer 

We previously published an article with information from the UFU on what you should know when dating a farmer:

  • 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.

Article on what people do not tell you about dating a farmer.

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