Irish farmers take it off for 2015

Do you swoon over road frontage and a John Deere tractor? Looking for a roll in the hay with an Irish farmer?

Your search is over, as three farmers’ daughters have set up a Facebook page to help you round up your own farming fellow.

College students Carol Lawless, Rachel Daly, and Shannon Kelly-Smith from Co. Meath are all from farming backgrounds and are on a mission to change the misconceptions that people have of the pale, country Irish farmer.

The girls have established a new page “Farmer’s Daughters” for all those girls who want a farmer just like their Dad.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Carol said “All the time, people say to me: ‘Sure you couldn’t be a farmer—you dress really well!” They must think women farmers go around in wellies and aprons with their sleeves rolled-up.

“I actually convinced a Dublin girl that there was no electricity in my house and we had to milk the cow every morning to have milk for breakfast cereal.”

Starting the page last January, the three 21-year olds hit 4,000 likes in just three days and have continued to grow since, reaching 10,000 Facebook likes at time of writing.

Each day features a farmer of the day, where young farmers get their chance to charm the page’s followers and they certainly milk it for all it’s worth. The featured farmer can be nominated by another or nominate themselves and we can see the girls flocking to these funny lonely hearts and pictures of the men in action.

Far from being “gummy, smelly culchies” as the girls think most people regard farmers, the page has been inundated with requests from both young men and women who wish to feature on their page in the hope of finding love.

One recent feature reads: “proper bachelor farmer who is in dire need of a good country woman! A decent Louth man who is far from ‘wee’ himself, he likes nothing more than being elbow deep in a heifer when the occasion calls for it.”

The girls have loads of useful tips for establishing whether you’ve found yourself a good farming man or not, such as asking about acres and road frontage, but they’re not sure they’d all want a farmer themselves.

“I’d never go out with a farmer because I know they work too hard but Rachel is only dying to catch one,” says Carol. “There are quite a number of fine catches out there in the farming world.”

You can view the page here.