After our countrywide search – and a competition that’s got the nation talking – here are the two winners of our Britain’s Sexiest Farmer competition.

On this page you can watch videos of the two winners and find out more about them in our quickfire Q&A.

Pete Mortimore and Anna Simpson are the winners of this coveted accolade. Pete, 25, farms at Widecombe-in-the-Moor in Devon. Anna, also 25, was born and bred on a farm near Stokesley in North Yorkshire.

They were among 300-plus people nominated in this fun competition launched last autumn. The two were named winners after impressing the judges enough to make the initial shortlist, then gaining widespread support from FW readers and the wider voting public.





GETTING TO KNOW YOU…
Meet Anna and Pete
Pete
pete-mortimoreTell us about your career
I studied at Bicton College, had a spell in Australia and am now in partnership with my mum and dad on the 300-acre family farm. I also help out a relative’s contracting business, T Vallance and Son

Describe yourself in three words

My girlfriend says “broad, rugged and vain” – but I think she meant to include “humorous and caring”

How did you feel when you heard you’d won this title?

I was fixing the brakes on the tractor and had to run to the slurry pit ramp to get a signal. It was a massive, very pleasant surprise

What’s the reaction been like?

The lads at the rugby club have been having a field day – they keep wolf-whistling me. My girlfriend’s also been teasing me – she now says I can’t walk past a mirror without looking at it

What are sexy characteristics in a woman?

A sense of humour and an understanding nature. I think they’d have to understand the particular demands of farming

How do you relax?

I play rugby for Paignton

What’s your idea of a good night out?

Hanging out with friends at The Star Inn at Liverton. Newton Abbot used to be my stomping ground – but I’m a bit old for there now

Favourite tipple?

Becks. I’m not proud of it, because I guess that makes me a lager lout

Favourite meal?

Cold meat and mashed potato with lots of tomato ketchup

Favourite book?

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Favourite place in the world?

Anywhere with a good view – landscape or other

Are you on the market?

No. I’ve got a girlfriend called Lisa

What are your career plans?

Our farm is 1000ft above sea level so we’d like to get another one off the moor. Lowland ground would give us more options and we could finish stock more easily

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best is the variety, working outdoors and the people I meet. The worst is that I get really chapped hands when it’s cold and wet

Tell us something about you that not many people know

I’m a fan of romcoms – especially The Notebook. Gets me every time – but don’t tell anyone

 

Anna

Tell us about your career

I went to Bishop Burton and work three days a week on the farm and four days a week as a sales adviser for Green Farm Health

Describe yourself in three words

Hard-working, loving and honest

anna-simpsonHow did you feel when you heard you’d won this title?

I’d been beating on a shoot and had just finished the last drive. I thought it was a wind-up

What’s the reaction been like?

My family’s really proud and the support from everyone has been brilliant. I’ve had lots of good-natured ribbing, though – the people at Northallerton and Thirsk markets reckon I’ll end up modelling for sheep worming products

What are sexy characteristics in a man?

A good sense of humour. They can have a tough exterior, but they need to have a soft and caring side

How do you relax?

I like spending time with my three dogs Bramble, Poppy and Harris

What’s your idea of a good night out?

Start in The Wheatsheaf in Hutton Rudby then get a taxi into Yarm or Northallerton for a night’s dancing

Favourite tipple?

Rosé wine

Favourite meal?

Sunday dinner or bangers and mash

Favourite book?

I never get time to read – and I’m too tired to read on a night anyway

Favourite place in the world?

My bed – I hate getting up

Are you on the market?

No. I’ve got a boyfriend called Shaun

What are your career plans?

One day my sister and I hope to run the farm. It’s a great way of life and I love being outdoors. The secret to a happy career in farming is to be positive. And to not mind a bit of hard work, of course

Tell us something about you that not many people know

I once won a Miss Newcastle competition

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MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION

Our two winners were up against some stiff competition, with entries flooding in from men and women of all ages from across Britain.

Some were nominated because they were sexy in the traditional, good-looking “phhwoooar” sense of the word, while others were nominated for a diverse range of reasons such as their great sense of humour or their hard working nature, or their devotion to the farm or the family.

Words like hard working, rugged and cheerful were often mentioned in connection with the guys, while words like glamorous, a devoted mum, and always puts other people first, were often used to describe the female nominees.

“What with the credit crunch and the recession, there’s so much bad news around at the moment that we wanted to bring a smile to people’s faces with a lighthearted competition,” says FW’s editor Jane King.

“With many youngsters reluctant to pursue careers in agriculture, we also wanted to debunk some of the stereotypes about farming and show that it’s as much of a fun, modern, vibrant and sexy business to be in as any other trade or profession!

“There has also been a serious side to all this because it’s got agriculture and the countryside talked about loads in papers and on radio stations – so it’s helped give our industry some positive profile.”


MORE SEXY FARMERS

Congratulations and thanks to:

Runners-up

• Tori Fairley, Belton, Leicestershire
• Richard Sparey, Garway, Hereford

Shortlisted

• Fiona Murley, Alderbury, Wiltshire
• Emma Martin, St Mabym, Cornwall
• Vicki Rawlings, Braydon, Wiltshire
• Alex Green, Chesterblade, Somerset
• Paul Crawley, Barlavington, West Sussex
• Joe Tyson, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

See photos of all 300 people nominated in the competition in our picture gallery


THE PRIZES

purofort-bootThe two winners each get £250. The runners-up and shortlisted contenders each win a sexy pair of Dunlop boots. Resistant to chemicals and manure, with a tear-resistant upper, Dunlop Purofort+ boots are perfectly suited to all farm activities. They are lightweight, 100% waterproof, with an easy-clean tread and are ideal for practical use. Purofort+ boots are also thermally insulated to -20C. Extremely flexible, Purofort+ combines a shock-absorbing sole and roomy toe area, alleviating fatigue on the foot, back and knees and making them comfortable.

Purofort+-logoWinners can choose from full safety or soft toe, or opt for the Purofort Professional (the original Purofort boot). The prizes range in price from £49.50 to £69.50 per pair.