1493707598297 - South Wairarapa Young Farmers test pick-up lines in the milking shed

South Wairarapa Young Farmers test pick-up lines in the milking shed

A group of young farmers in South Wairarapa decided to ditch Tinder for speed dating with a rural twist.

Made up of mainly dairy farmers, the group gathered at a local rotary milking shed ahead of their annual Young Farmers ball on Saturday.

South Wairarapa Young Farmers Club chairman Brodie Nicholls said the committee came up with the idea of holding a speed dating event last year and now planned to make it an annual thing.

Nicholls said the idea came quite naturally given most of the group came from dairy farms.

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About 30 singles attended the speed dating event ahead of the Young Farmers Ball, which was held at the Carterton Events Centre and had about 300 attendees.

The women, who had swapped their gumboots and overalls for heels and dresses, sat where the cows would usually be placed and rotated through the men who were standing on the platform below.

Everyone had a piece of paper with a list of names, where they could signal whether they were keen on the person – the old-school version of swiping right.

If both people marked they were interested in each other, the committee would connect the pair after the event.

It was like Tinder without technology, Nicholls said.

The young farmers shared a video of the novel event on Facebook this week, which had more than 53,000 views in less than 48 hours.

Those involved were surprised at the huge response.

Based on the comments, it looked likely other Young Farmers Clubs throughout the country would adopt the event as part of their annual festivities, Nicholls said.

The chairman and other committee members would be reviewing the dating forms and the overall event on Tuesday evening before creating a few love matches.

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