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Posted on Mar 13, 2023 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Nominate your farm dog for national recognition

By Gary Joiner

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, supported by Purina.

Applications close July 14.

The grand prize winner is the Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year. The title comes with a year’s worth of Purina Pro-Plan dog food and $5,000 in prize money.

The winner will be recognized at a Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in January 2024 in Salt Lake City. Up to three regional runners-up will each win $1,000 in prize money.

Judging of the contest will be based on nomination materials submitted. Desired attributes in the Farm Dog of the Year are helpfulness to the farmer and his/her family, playfulness and obedience.

Joe Sheeran of Texas owns Woody, the winner of the inaugural Farm Dog of the Year contest in 2019. Joe says Woody is now 12 years old and recently retired from herding cattle, sheep and ducks. But he’s still Joe’s constant companion and is helping train two of his puppies in stock dog duties.

The contest celebrates farm dogs everywhere who work alongside their people to bring nutritious food to our table and our pets’ bowls.

Go to for more details.


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