Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Farmers are sexy again

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Farmers are rapidly moving back up the list of Ireland's most eligible bachelors, according to Macra na Feirme.

Agriculture is on the up and with it, the popularity of young farmers on the social scene. It appears farming is sexy again.

"Seven or eight years ago, if someone asked you in a nightclub what you did for a living, they would run a mile if you said you were a farmer," said Macra president Alan Jagoe.

"That's all changed -- now they would nearly queue up for a farmer. With the way the economy has gone and with farming going well, young people are proud to be farmers."

Membership of the young farmers' association has jumped by more than 20pc over the past three years since 2008. The organisation now has 9,000 members across the country.

One of the big drivers of the increase in Macra membership is its reputation for its social life.

"During the Celtic Tiger people were going out every night from Thursday to Sunday," says Mr Jagoe. "Now they can't afford to do that and are looking for a cheaper alternative."

Caitriona Murphy

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