The Irish Farming Calendar for 2020 is here and it's really quite something 2 months ago

The Irish Farming Calendar for 2020 is here and it's really quite something

A present for that special someone.

While we're reluctant to start talking about Christmas yet - it's still too early - it is perfectly acceptable to chat about Halloween plans because the spooky festivities are just a few days away.

On that note, do you have your pumpkin sourced and ready to be carved?

If not, what better reminder to get than a topless farmer that's just having the craic on top of some hay while surrounded by a bunch of pumpkins.

As you do.

Farming Calendar

Oh yes, just like previous years, Ireland's most beloved calendar - for a very specific type of person - is back with a bang/a sultry look/pasty white sex appeal/and some barnyard animals for your pleasure.

First launched back in 2010 by Ciara Ryan, originally started out as a bit of fun amongst like-minded folk who were eager to raise money for local charities.

Much like the crops in the field, it's popularity just grew and grew and to Ciara's immense credit, funds that are raised from sales of the calendar are used to support the farming charity Bóthar.

Bóthar enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty. It also helps to restore the environment in a sustainable way and to do this, they specialise in improved livestock production and support-related training and community development.

Bóthar also educates the public in Ireland about global poverty.

In terms of this year's lads, the calendar features the agricultural charm of men from Kilkenny, Carlow, Dublin, Limerick, Tipperary and Down.

Aside from sporting superb farmers’ tans and fetching looks, they all appear in their full glory alongside a goat, horses, a chick, dogs, fish and pumpkins.

Truth be told, you can see why the calendar has previously beat the sales figures of those from One Direction, Conor McGregor and Justin Bieber in recent years.

If you think that the interest in this calendar is just an Irish phenomenon, you'd be wrong because orders have already been placed by people living in locations as diverse as the US, Australia, Germany, Poland, France, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

Creator of the calendar series, Ciara Ryan, says that interest in the calendar this year is far exceeding previous years and the feedback has been tremendous.

Clearly, this is the calendar to beat them all, barn none, and you can pick it up here for €11.99

Here's a look at what's in store.

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Photography by Ian Shipley.