Opinion: Who says romance isn't alive and well down on the farm?
Few people of any age need reminding that today is St Valentine's Day. It's supposed to be the most romantic day of the year.
Now, I enjoy a bit of romance as much as anyone. It's exciting and flattering and lovely. But a relationship that's built on romance - which does happen - will flounder as soon as they encounter the inevitable choppy water.
There are many other, more important, aspects to love - like friendship, respect, honesty, loyalty, trust, sense of fun, support and communication.
Perhaps it's the cynic in me, but could the reason why there aren't any days celebrating these values be because they're not as easy to convert into hard cash?
There is a view that farmers are generally not romantic. But is it more that they are primarily practical? At the heart of romance is the suspension of reality, and farmers are not willing to dance to someone else's tune.
At this time of year, most livestock farmers are mad busy and it's far from romance their thoughts are.
They are not just going to walk away from a calving cow or lambing ewe to head off for a fancy dinner. Obviously, this is partly because these animals are their business but they also love their stock.
If something did go wrong, they would feel bad because they would feel they had let their animals down, rather than because of whatever financial loss had been incurred.