Does your farm dog work harder than the rest? Now is your chance to put it tothe test.
The Cobber Challenge is again offering Australian farmers the opportunity tomeasure just how hard their dog works. It has become a national celebration ofthe unsung hero of Australian agriculture – working dogs.
“The Cobber Challenge provides hard data to prove what most Australian farmersalready know; a good working dog can do the work of at least two or threepeople,” says Kellie Savage, Cobber’s Marketing Manager.
“In previous years, dogs have regularly clocked over 50km in a day,highlighting their contribution to the farm team.”
Dogs from each state will be fitted with a GPS collar to track their distance,working duration and speed over a three-week period. Points are awarded, thedogs ranked, and by the end of the challenge, a new Cobber Champion iscrowned.
Now in its fifth year, the 2020 Cobber Challenge is shaking up its format,with six favourite competitors from previous years to compete against six newcontenders.
The 2020 Cobber Challenge: All Stars Vs Contenders will run from 17 August to6 September.
Each day of the competition, data is uploaded to the Cobber Challenge websiteso fans can follow the performance of individual dogs, as well as the bestperforming team, the experienced All Stars or the fresh new Contenders.
South Australian farmer Peta Bauer won last year’s challenge with BorderCollie, Jed, who clocked a record 717km over the three weeks.
“I found competing in the 2019 Cobber Challenge with Jed very rewarding. Itgave me a better insight to how much our dogs actually do in one day. And itgave me a new appreciation for Jed’s dedication to work and his drive toplease me.”
Jed had a week off after the Cobber Challenge before returning to help withlambing, crutching, shearing and calving. Unfortunately, Jed has had to havean unscheduled break after a run in with a heifer two weeks ago that saw himbreak his leg. He is out of action for about eight weeks.
As well as the glory of being a Cobber Champion and a year’s supply of CobberWorking Dog feed for the winning dog, this year’s winner will receive $3000 tobe spent on a working dog breeding program, training for your working dog orparticipation in working dog trials.
Cobber will provide the fuel for these dogs, as it does for thousands ofworking dogs every day around the country.
Want to throw your hat in the ring? Fill out the nomination form athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020cobberchallenge
Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, 26 June.
Image: Hank – or Frankish Hank, as he’s known when trialling – is one ofAustralia’s up-and-coming bright young trial celebrities.
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