Farmers Weekly readers have the chance to decide who wins this unique accolade by casting their free vote.

After receiving more than 300 nominations, we’ve selected our shortlist of five men and five women who are now vying for this coveted title.

Halfway through the week-long voting period, competition is hotting up, with some of the shortlisted contestants having appeared in the local and national media.

How-to-look good guru Gok Wan, who helped the FW judges pick the shortlist, says: “I absolutely adored looking at the entries for this competition. I’ve seen a few hot country people in my time, but these guys took my breath away. There was a fantastic range of people from all sectors of farming – some were dressed up, some were in boilersuits, quite a few were in wellies and one or two were in not very much at all – which is of course my preference!

“Country guys clearly have a rugged charm and so many of the ladies were positively beautiful. The shortlist of 10 are all fantastically sexy (I’d gladly accept an invite to any of their farms!) They’re all really different with their own great stories. With farmers like this, the countryside is definitely in safe hands!”

The winning man and the winning woman will be named according to who gets the most votes between January 17 and January 24, 2014.

Aside from all the ‘bragging rights’, the two overall winners will get their very own pair of special limited edition ‘Britain’s Sexiest Farmer’ wellies from The Original Muck Boot Company!

See the shortlist and cast your vote in Facebook .