Do you want to know how to attract an eligible farmer before you go to the Irish National Ploughing Championships this year? Farmers are now considered to be ‘a good catch’ and it’s not all down to the road frontage. They are seen as being hard working, eco friendly, kind to animals, community minded, dependable, fit and good looking. Add to that the wholesome goodness of bringing up a family in the countryside and you can see why farmers are in demand as good marrying material.
The Ploughing Championships is THE place to go if you are looking for a farmer to marry. 80,000 visitors each day and attended by almost every farmer in the country. Before you go, hone your skills and improve your knowledge to maximise your chances.
5 Tips For Attracting An Eligible Farmer
Be In The Right Place
Are you after a dairy, sheep, suckler, tillage, full time or part time farmer? This will determine the section where you will spend most of your time. If you are after a tillage farmer, head for the ‘big boys and their toys’ machinery section where they will all be admiring the latest in tractor technology. Just be aware that his new purchase will probably carry large loan repayments! Dairy farmers will be clustered around the latest in milking machine technology from robotics to rotary.
Wear the Right Wellies
Your wellies will communicate much about you so pay attention to the ones you wear. Brand new pink or polka dot wellies might suggest you’ve never been on a farm before and that you’re going to need training before you know how to “stop a gap”. Bright or floral wellies displaying wear and tear, even if only bearing the scars of a muddy Electric Picnic, will suggest that you’re fashionable but not afraid of a bit of muck. Plain wellies purchased at the local creamery convey that you work hard on a farm and are well able for a busy farming life, they will signify your matter-of-fact, down-to-earth personality perfectly.
Learn How To Plough
Watching the ploughing competitions will give you an opportunity to watch the talent too although don’t be surprised if most of the farmers don’t have eyes for anything else other than straight lines until the competition is over. If you know how to plough, you will win the admiration of many.
Bring A Hairbrush
Not a hairbrush for your own hair! Although the cattle judging is small at the Ploughing, the pedigree breeders will be there, coiffeuring and brushing their prize cattle with incredible attention to detail. If you are armed with a hairbrush, you could offer to help with giving his prize bull the care it deserves.
Know Your Lingo
Brush up on your farming lingo so you can converse with the best of them. If he is referring to someone being “locked up”, it doesn’t mean he was in prison but that his herd is restricted due to tuberculosis. Greeting someone with the expression “how’s she cutting?” doesn’t mean he is talking about a hair clippers or a grass mower but is a general “how are you” term. If he mentions having to “draw cattle” the next day, it’s actually unlikely that he’s an artist but is going to be bringing cattle from one part of the farm to another. “Stopping a gap” means that you stand in a space that is minus a gate in order to prevent the livestock going in that direction.
And if you need more tips, be sure to get hold of my Would You Marry A Farmer? How to be a Perfect Farm Wife and An Ideal Farm Husband – either on Amazon, this very website (with free shipping at the moment), any Irish bookshop or the growing number of farm shop stockists in the UK.
Wild Atlantic Mum
This is a great post – you should set up a matchmaking stand at the Ploughing or speed dating!!
Lorna Post author
Ha, thanks June. I think I’ll stick to writing books and letting people get tips from there 😉
I see Blind Date is starting up soon, wonder if they’ll have any farmers on it.