Working on the family farm requires everyone to participate and do their part, including the four-legged friends, which prompted Farm Bureau to launch the Farm Dog of the Year competition four years ago – now a feature. popular convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The winner of the 2022 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year award is Fit, a Border Collie owned by Florida Farm Bureau members Cindy and Andrew Deak. AFBF, with the support of Nestlé Purina PetCare, honored Fit, four regional finalists and a People’s Choice puppy today at their convention.
“It’s exciting to partner with Purina for the fourth annual Farm Dog of the Year competition, giving the public another glimpse into everyday life on the farm,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF President . “Farming and ranching can be stressful, even on the best days. Farm dogs can help ease the burden as they often perform the dual role of working dogs and companions of farm families.
The competition celebrates farm dogs who work alongside farmers and ranchers as they sustainably produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. Herding livestock and hunting predators are just some of the many tasks farm dogs perform.
Fit, the 2022 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year award winner, is 5 years old and has been with the Deaks since she was a puppy. She helps move sheep from pasture to pasture and helps with feeding and other household chores. Fit also helps Cindy train young dogs to herd animals.
“Fit is pretty much my dog or my right girl,” Cindy explained. “A really good working dog can make or break a situation on the farm. If I’m on the farm, Fit is almost always with me, as our main working dog. We are very close spirits. I feel like our souls are almost connected.
Purina again donated prizes for the contest this year. This included $ 5,000 in prizes, a plate of trophies, a year of Pro-Plan dog food and other Purina for Fit products. The company has been helping dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives with scientifically proven nutritional innovations for over 90 years.
“Purina is proud to once again support the American Farm Bureau’s Farm Dog of the Year competition and to congratulate this year’s winner, Fit,” said Jack Scott, Vice President of Sustainability at Purina . “We recognize the important role dogs play on farms and believe it’s central to our goal that people and pets are better together.”
Four regional contest finalists will also each receive $ 1,000 in prizes, a trophy plaque and Purina products. They are:
- Iorek, owned by Amanda Farnsworth, New York Farm Bureau Member, Northeast Region;
- On the Lamb Zip, owned by Robin Elliott, member of the South Carolina Farm Bureau, Southern Region;
- Digger, owned by Kim Beckman, member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Midwest region; and
- Cinco, owned by Utah Farm Bureau member Caleb Smith, Western Region.
A panel of judges with expertise in the pet care industry, veterinary medicine and communications reviewed more than 100 nominations to select the Farm Dog of the Year 2022. Judging criteria included helpfulness of the dog to the farmer and his family, its playful nature and its role in improving life on and off the farm. Farm Bureau members submitted written responses to questions, photos and video clips to nominate their dogs for Farm Dog of the Year.
Learn more and nominate your dog for the 2023 competition at https://www.fb.org/farmdog.
Public choice puppy
Finalist Iorek, owned by New York Farm Bureau member Amanda Farnsworth, was also named People’s Choice Pup in a social media contest with online voting as part of the overall competition. Iorek earns bragging rights, a one-year supply of Pro-Plan dog food and other Purina products.
Five other dogs made the top 10 overall for Farm Dog of the Year competition and were nominees for the public’s choice: Hasty, owned by Ben and Ashley Menges, members of the Arizona Farm Bureau; Dixie, owned by Idaho Farm Bureau member Kaylie Ottley; Keeper, owned by Donna Ashcraft, member of the Kansas Farm Bureau; Maybelline, owned by Mary Tichy, member of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau; and Ruger, owned by Laurie Stevens, member of the Texas Farm Bureau.
About Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Nestlé Purina PetCare creates a richer life for pets and the people who love them. Founded in 1894, Purina has helped dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by providing scientifically-based nutritional innovations. Purina makes some of the world’s most trusted and popular pet care products including Purina ONE, Pro Plan, Fancy Feast, and Tidy Cats. Its more than 8,000 associates in the United States are proud of the trusted brands of pet food, treat and litter that feed 51 million dogs and 65 million cats each year. Over 500 Purina scientists, veterinarians and pet care experts back the brand’s commitment to unmatched quality and nutrition. Purina is part of Nestlé, a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.
About the American Farm Bureau Federation
The American Farm Bureau Federation is the voice of agriculture. We are farm and ranch families working together to build a sustainable future of safe and abundant food, fiber and renewable fuel for our nation and the world.
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