Star Sign: Virgo
Hometown: Ohaupo, Waikato
Ben works for DairyNZ managing one of their research farms and a team of seven staff. He’ll give anything a go and he’s passionate about the rural sector and animal welfare. Ben enjoys a quiet night in on the couch watching a movie and loves being around friends and family.
Describe your ideal date: Ben’s ideal date involves a nice dinner at a restaurant with good chat, then home to watch a movie and relax.
Star Sign: Scorpio
Hometown: Geraldine, South Canterbury
Eira’s our fiery redhead who loves meeting new people, is passionate about animal health and supporting the dairy industry, Eira has been dairy farming for the last 10 years milking cows and rearing calves. Taking charge of the farm and staff when the boss is away, Eira was a Gumboot Girl last year and thought she needed to show the boys up since this year girls can enter.
Describe your ideal date: Her ideal date would be a day in the Mackenzie Country or Central Otago, on a horse trek or hunting trip together, enjoying the unreal scenery, followed by dinner and some banter.
Star Sign: Aries
Hometown: New Plymouth, Taranaki
Not afraid to put himself out there and have a bit of fun Berny is passionate about sustainability and how we feed the world. Berny currently works in between his family farm and neighbours place, will be taking up a 50/50 sharemilker role in June.
Describe your ideal date: Berny’s ideal date would be exploring somewhere they haven’t been, preferably on the coast with dinner to match.
Star Sign: Taurus
Hometown: Urenui, Taranaki
You’ll hear her before you see her, she’s outgoing and loves a good yarn. Lilly works on a sheep and beef farm focussed on fattening lambs, dairy grazers and angus breeding and works part time for Precision Helicopters as a helicopter Load Master. She’s also caring and thoughtful towards animals and passionate about women in male dominated careers.
Describe your ideal date: Her ideal date would be a trip in the chopper somewhere spontaneous with a five-star feed and some cold beers.
Star Sign: Cancer
Hometown: Taihape, Rangitikei
Mairi is fun-loving and easy-going, she is skilled in stockmanship, financial planning and pasture management. Mairi worked as a rural bank manager for five years before ticking off her bucket list and returning to the farm. She is currently working as a shepherd on a 1,100ha sheep and beef farm east of Taihape where she enjoys being outside in the amazing scenery working with dogs and stock.
Describe your ideal date: She’d love to find someone to share this amazing lifestyle with and her friends have threatened that if she doesn’t through this, they’ve enter her into married at first sight!
Star Sign: Libra
Hometown: Atiamuri, Taupo
Mat loves that everyday is different, his day to day jobs include machine operator, agricultural engineering and general dairy farming activities. He loves a good laugh and is easy to talk to. Mat loves being outdoors, surrounded by livestock and enjoys working with machinery.
Describe your ideal date: Mat’s ideal date would be doing something adventurous, dinner and drinks having a good laugh, then cutting some shapes on the dance floor.
Star Sign: Aries
Hometown: Palmerston North, Manawatu
Renae is a sole contract milker who spends her days milking cows, riding horses, doing farm maintenance and shifting calves on a 180 cow 70ha dairy farm just out of Rongotea in the Manawatu. Renae is friendly, bubbly and caring, always there to help anyone when they need it and is passionate about animal health, pasture management and is keen to help teach future farmers.
Describe your ideal date: Renae’s ideal date would be something simple like a picnic overlooking a nice farm view.
Star Sign: Virgo
Hometown: Hawera, Taranaki
Sam manages three farm staff and oversees the day-to-day management of an 800-cow farm out of Taranaki where cows are milked through a fully automated rotary shed and fed supplement year-round on a feed pad. Sam is motivated and focused, enjoys working with cows and machinery and seeing the land develop, and is interested in shrinking the rural/urban divide and supporting his community.
Describe your ideal date: His ideal date would be fish and chips at the beach watching the sunset.