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Thinking about marrying a farmer?

11th June 2014

Jamie McInnes Jamie McInnes

Please note: the views expressed in this article are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of SellMyLivestock.

Dan’s been taking most of the media spotlight recently but the other one of the dynamic duo, web whiz Jamie, is far from a silent partner. Marrying a farmer’s daughter last year has given him quite an insight into what being the other half of a farming partnership generally means. Here are some of his observations for anyone out there mad enough to set their sights on a farming man or woman:

1.      You’ll never, ever go on holiday in August again. Or April. Or in fact any month when anything agricultural is happening, which – let’s face it – is most months.

2.      The only lie in you’ll ever have will be on your honeymoon

3.      You’re probably not going to get a honeymoon – well not a proper one, like other people seem to have. Two weeks in Mauritius will always clash with harvest. Or sowing. Or calving…

4.      You’ll always find strange things in pockets when you’re doing the laundry, like baler twine, wheat seed or component parts of devices for worming sheep.

5.      Your spouse will always have some sort of discolouration on their body somewhere, whether from animal marking spray, iodine dip or the odd bruise from an overly lively animal. You’ll convince yourself it’s part of the attraction.

6.      An offer for a day out always appears to coincide with the Cereals or Livestock Events, market day or a farm open day. Strange, that…

7.      You think the British are dominated by the weather? Well British farmers are obsessed by it. All I can say is don’t dare speak during the weekly Countryfile weather forecast…

8.      You’ll discover a new language full of gimmers, staggers, gilts and rhynchosporium.

9.      You’ll become adept at the art of flexible cooking. That is, preparing food that can keep indefinitely in the bottom of an aga without spoiling while your other half finishes lambing that ewe or tillering that last field…

10.   But most of all, you’ll learn you are never, never in control. Mother Nature, the weather and Sod’s law is, but as long as you can stay positive, keep talking and maintain your sense of humour, you and your spouse will overcome all these obstacles!

Further reading:

10 things every Shepherd experiences at lambing time

Is your child really ready to take over the farm?

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