A 31 year old pig farmer and an 18 year old agriculture student from Somerset have been voted Britain’s sexiest farmers in a nationwide competition.
Father of two Graeme Moon and Hartpury College student Rachel Churches fought off strong competition from over 300 entries to take the two top spots in the public vote.
The Farmers Weekly competition to find Britain’s sexiest male and female farmers was launched at the end of last year in association with The Original Muck Boot Company.
The contest saw ‘How to Look Good Naked’ star Gok Wan help whittle the entries down to a 10-strong shortlist, with the overall winners decided by a public vote.
The short-listed candidates came from nine different counties but in the end the public picked both winners from Somerset - arguably making the West Country the sexiest region in the nation.
Graeme, who was nominated by wife Samantha, not for one minute imagined he would win: “I didn’t think at any point I was going to win,” said Graeme, whose family pig unit has 380 sows and 4000 fatteners. “I have become quite the local celeb!”
Graeme plans to use his new found fame to ‘bang the drum’ for British farming: “I’d love to see British consumers being a bit more patriotic. As a nation, we need to look after our farmers, after all, we’re feeding the country!”
Rachel, from a 120 cow dairy farm near Glastonbury, feels strongly that farming should be promoted to younger people, especially women: “There are just as many opportunities for girls as boys,” she said. “They do just as good a job as the guys. I drive a tractor as well any any boy.”
Farmers Weekly community editor Tim Relf said: “Congratulations to our two wonderful winners. The competition has been a huge amount of fun, but has helped put farming centre stage and debunked a few myths about farmers being old-fashioned and stuffy.
“Graeme and Rachel are both hard-working, smart and ambitious - and I am sure both will be tireless champions for the vital work that British farmers do in feeding the nation and looking after our beautiful countryside,” added Mr Relf.