Moo-ve over Cupid! One of our Cumbrian suppliers, dairy farmer David Bushby, has turned to BBC2’s Love in the Countryside to help him find love.
A former Asda graduate programme colleague, David, 35, says his remote location and unsociable hours have made his search for Mr Right near impossible.
Dairy farmer David worked in Asda Benwell for two years as a customer service manager prior to returning to the family farm. He says his rural move was more of a vocation than a choice, as he always believed he’d return to Watson Hill Farm, which has been in his family since 1949.
Although he knew his job and location meant his search for Mr Right would take him further afield, he didn’t expect to look so far that he needed a passport!
David said: “The difference between my Asda days and now are vastly different. I work from 6am to 6pm which can make it very difficult to organise anything.
"It’s a calling – farming is in the blood. We’ve been farming here since Noah had the ark!
"We’re right on the coast, a long way from the majority of people. I was using dating apps to find dates before, but I was picking up Irish people and people over in the Isle of Man! There are two clubs near me and both require a military level of planning if you fancy a night out.
"I had a few drinks and saw an advert for the show, so thought I’d apply. I need to find someone who realises that it’s a 24-hour job and put up with the long hours. If a cow is calving or something is going on, I have to be there.
He added: "My family live next door to me as well. Because we’re so close, you can’t hide anything from them. Finding someone who understands all of that is a challenge."
David appeared on the show on 1st October, where it showed him speed dating six potential matches. He was then asked to select three people he would like to take to the farm for a date, which will be shown in the next episode.
Although he’s remaining tight lipped about what happened on his dates, which he says were 'off farm', he revealed he’s not counting his chickens just yet.
"You’ll have to watch the show to see what happens as I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say,” he said, “All I can tell you is that I’ve had the best time filming."