Farmer Alex's love drought

Alex is looking for love on Farmer Wants a Wife

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Cunnamulla's Alex Taylor is looking for love on 'Farmer Wants a Wife.'

Cunnamulla's Alex Taylor is looking for love on 'Farmer Wants a Wife.'

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With his family's ties to the land spanning back 100 years, Alex Taylor's love affair with farming is in the blood.

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WITH his family's ties to the land spanning back 100 years, Alex Taylor's love affair with farming is in the blood.

But the 29-year-old Cunnamulla sheep and beef farmer is looking for someone to share his passion with, searching for 'the one' on the current series of reality TV show 'Farmer Wants a Wife.'

Alex's family owns the 31,500 hectare Adgingbong Station, about 30km east of Cunnamulla.

They run about 4500 Merino sheep and 400 Hereford/Droughtmaster-crosses.

Alex said his family had long ties to Adgingbong, which name is Aboriginal for 'many little water holes.'

"We've had it for over 100 years, my great grandfather managed a bigger property next door and when it was split up in the 1920s to soldier settlement blocks, he was told you could have 20,000 acres, whatever part you want and he selected his favourite little spot.

"My grandma and grandpa took over and then dad, and hopefully I will be the fourth-generation to take over."

Alex said the last few years had been tough both on the land - and in love.

"I had actually got home from living in London for two years and came back to the worst drought, the driest period in Australia in over a century.

"I came home and we had to almost completely de-stock and put all our sheep and cattle on agistment.

"Dad said I'd probably need to get a job until things improved, so I was based around Roma working on the rigs, two weeks on and one off, so I was flat out doing 14 hour days for two weeks, then I'd come back and do sheep and cattle work.

"I had no chance to meet anyone, and no time to myself and was pretty unhappy, women and a bit few and far between out at Cunnamulla."

When the chance came up to apply for the Channel 7 program, Alex figured he had nothing to lose.

He made the final cut and was thrown into the whirl-wind of television production, with trips to Sydney and keeping a bunch of young ladies entertained on his vast property in south-western Queensland.

"Would you believe when we bought one of the girls back for a one on one date, it rained. I think we got an inch that night, hopefully it was a sign of things to come, good fortunes.

"But the day the cameras stopped rolling, it stopped raining and it hasn't since February. We had five inches at the start of the year and only a couple of pissy showers not worth a pinch of salt since.

"It's still pretty dry here."

Alex said the girls were shocked at how dry the country was and also the sheer size of his property.

"It was definitely a culture shock, none of them had been that far west in their life and they reckoned it was the driest place they'd ever been.

"The sheer size of it caught them off guard, it was very hard for them to fathom we have a 10km driveway, but that's just part of it, there's still another 30km.

"We got a little mobile tower set up on the farm for the show so producers could make calls, so the girls had a bit of mobile reception, but having to drive 35km in to town to get groceries ... they were surprised there's just nothing around.

"They used to joke 'if we run away we'd probably get lost'."

Alex said meeting the other farmers was a highlight of his time on the show.

"I'm great friends will all the other farmers. If you put a banker, a lawyer, an electrician and a farmer in a room, you'd probably come to blows, but it you put five farmers in there you get along like a house on fire. We all seem to have the same struggles and ideas on things."

But farm life must go on, and in between travelling to Sydney and filming, Alex was still working his stock.

"It was just madness, rushing around going to Sydney each week and trying to think of things to do on the farm with the girls, juggling the production team and helping on the farm.

"I'd get up at 6am and be out mustering with dad all morning then start filming at lunchtime and go all afternoon."

Despite his 15 minutes of fame, Alex is as down to earth and hardworking as before he became a local celebrity.

"We're out fencing at the moment, the neighbours were bought out and the new people are doing a dog fence around the place.

"Dad and I did the first 40km clearing and bulldozing, and then we started with the fencing contractor putting 70km of fencing around the place."

Alex said wild dogs remained a massive problem in the region.

"They're terrible, lambing last year one of the paddocks not prone to dogs we got 80-90 per cent lambing but where the dogs are we got 10 per cent.

"It really affects your sheep and it's a big problem. Dog fencing is the most effective way to control them, everyone who does it wishes they'd done it sooner."

Whether a future wife is on the property helping with the fencing remains to be seen, with the farmers unable to give away any spoilers before the season's end.

But should Alex have been unlucky in love this time around, he know's what he's after in a woman.

"I'm looking for someone resilient, being in ag and farming things change very quickly and dramatically... you've got to turn around and cope with it.

"I love fun and out-going worldly girls, I've done a fair bit of travelling so someone with a keen passion for other countries and cultures.

"They've gotta like to have a party and be social, and have an affiliation with animals and the bush is a big factor."

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