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Region's farmers bare it all

PUBLISHED: 10:56 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 08:29 01 August 2010

THE region's farmers are baring it all in a cheeky display of support for British agriculture.

This year's Farmers Calendar and Lady Farmers Calendar feature candid snaps of farmers from across the UK posing in states of undress amid countryside settings.

THE region's farmers are baring it all in a cheeky display of support for British agriculture.

This year's Farmers Calendar and Lady Farmers Calendar feature candid snaps of farmers from across the UK posing in states of undress amid countryside settings.

Bungay farmer John Catchpole and his future son-in-law, Adrian Smith, threw caution to the wind and stripped off on the farm to pose for the camera.

Meanwhile, with only a bunch of carrots to protect her dignity, Petra Jacob, of Alder Carr Farm in Needham Market, made it onto the front cover of the 2010 ladies edition of the fundraising calendar.

The unabashed farmers will appear on the shelves of farm shops up and down the country to help raise money for charity and promote British agriculture.

John Catchpole is pictured brazenly stepping into his tractor on his farm in Topcroft, Bungay.

The 54-year-old said: “My daughter's fiancé was asked to appear in the calendar and I thought I would join in too.

“The photo was taken last October so it was quite cold on the farm at the time!”

Adrian Smith, 25, an agricultural and equestrian fencing specialist who is engaged to Mr Catchpole's daughter Gemma, appears in this year's calendar with his brother Ashley.

Mr Smith said: “I did the young farmers naked calendar last year and was asked if Ashley and I would be interested in posing again.

“I don't know if appearing on the front cover is a good thing or a bad thing but it's all a bit of fun.”

The first calendar was released by Devon farmer Nicola de Pulford in 1999 as a solution to bad press received by farmers over the BSE crisis.

Part of the profit made by sales will this year go to St Catherine's School for children with speech and language problems on the Isle of Wight.

Mrs de Pulford said: “It's good fun and lets people try something they have never done before.

“We pay the farmers for appearing in the calendar and we give the farm shops a cut of whatever they make from sales, so we a supporting farming as well as charities.”

The calendars can be bought from www.thefarmerscalendar.co.uk for £5.99 plus £1 postage and packaging.

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