Britain’s Fittest Farmers take on cow for Online Farm Sunday

Britain’s Fittest Farmers have taken up a fresh challenge against a four-legged friend in the build-up to Open Farm Sunday’s virtual incarnation.

All this week, James Arney, from Somerset, and Hertfordshire-based Emma Ashley are taking on Stella the Friesian dairy cow, from West Sussex, in a challenge with a difference, organised by Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf).

Putting their best foot forward as of Sun­day (21 March), James, Emma and Stel­la began a week of record­ing their total steps tak­en as they go about their dai­ly busi­ness on the farm.

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The man, woman or cow with the highest number of steps at the end of the Farm Fit competition will be revealed during Leaf’s Online Farm Sunday on 28 March.

The day is centred around the theme of health and wellbeing, and will feature a series of live virtual farm tours hosted by farmers from across the country.

Ahead of the virtual event, people are invited to guess how many steps James, Emma and Stel­la will each be tak­e dur­ing the sev­en days running up to Sunday (28 March). The best guesser will win a hamper of Arla dairy produce.

Fol­low the action on Leaf Open Farm Sun­day’s Face­book page with dai­ly updates on the competitors’ moo-vements post­ed at 4pm. Find out more about the competition and how to get involved on the Open Farm Sunday website.

About Britain’s Fittest Farmer

Britain’s Fittest Farmer is a competition designed to encourage a vital discussion about the physical and mental health of the nation’s farmers in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

So, if you can outrun a fleeing flock of sheep or do press-ups in the milking parlour, you could be just the person Farmers Weekly is looking for.

As farming becomes less active and more mechanised and office-based, it’s more important than ever to make sure Britain’s farmers are getting the exercise they need to stay fit and healthy.

Farming can also be an isolated job, which is why it is also vital for farmers to focus on their mental health and wellbeing so they can keep their business in tip-top condition.

The competition is now open fro applications. Entrants must be aged 18 or over and be working in farming or the wider agriculture industry.

Go to the website for more information and to submit your application.