A popular rural matchmaking service has launched a series of dating events aimed at farmers across the UK.
’The Farmer Wants A Wife’ matches three single country ladies and three single country men for group dinner dates with tables matched based on age, occupation, background and interests.
After successful events in Ireland, founder Mairead Loughman has brought the events to various locations across the UK, including Plymouth, Newcastle, Nottingham, Cardiff and Bath.
She told Farmers Guardian: "After years of matchmaking I realised the main reason people are single is they do not get to meet new people outside their own social circle.
"This is particularly relevant to farmers and the wider farming community. Everyone should have someone to love and share their life with and farmers have a lot to offer.
"I am dating a suckler farmer and have been living on our rural farm for the last few years. Although there is a great sense of community within our village, farming can be lonely and it can be very difficult to meet a suitable local match."
Tickets for the events on June 22, 2018 will cost £50 and can be purchased here.
"I get a lot of requests from ladies that either grew up on a farm or come from a country background that are looking to meet a farmer," Mairead continues.
"I also get a lot of requests from farmers looking to meet a lady who understands the country way of life. Farmers need an understanding partner as they cannot predict what time of the day they will be needed for calving, lambing and the many demands and responsibilities from all types of farming.
"The Farmer Wants a Wife gets a lot of requests from female farmers and gay farmers so we are delighted to be able to introduce them to like-minded people.
"Our events range in age from 20-70 so there are events nationwide for everyone. To date we have already set up over 2,000 people on dates with hundreds of successful matches.