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Farm Dog of the Year

Farm Dog of the Year

The Farm Dog of the Year contest celebrates farm dogs and the many ways they support farmers and ranchers in producing nutritious food for families and their pets across America. Farmers are invited to submit nominations for the 2024 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, supported by Purina. 

The grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win 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. Up to three regional runners-up will each win $1,000 in prize money.

People's Choice Pup 

Members of the public were invited to vote online for their favorite dog in the People’s Choice Pup contest as part of the overall competition. The People’s Choice Pup will receive a $1,000 cash prize from Purina. The winner of People’s Choice Pup, along with the Farm Dog of the Year and runners-up, will be announced in January at the American Farm Bureau Convention. Photos and brief descriptions of the five contenders for People’s Choice Pup are below. 

Casper: Great Pyrenees, Georgia

Best known for fending off coyotes to protect his flock of sheep.

Trip: Border Collie, Ohio

Best known for moving and managing livestock on the farm.

Margo: Rottweiler, Indiana

Best known for being a great companion during long hours on the farm and her bandana “uniform.”

Morgan: Bernese Mountain Dog, Idaho

Best known for watching over livestock, kids and the family ranch.

Cinco: Border Collie, Utah

Known for helping her family’s dairy farm run smoothly.

Meet the 2023 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year

Meet Tough, Farm Bureau’s 2023 Farm Dog of the Year. Kansas Farm Bureau members Denny and Donna Ashcraft depend on this Border Collie to work livestock on their farm. “She lives to work, and she lives for Denny,” is how Donna describes what makes Tough tick.

It’s really an amazing thing to have a dog like her. I think it’s a once in a life time thing.

- Cindy and Andrew Deak, Florida Farm Bureau

She’s more than just a tool on the farm. Bindi’s work goes beyond the farm. At the end of the day, Bindi is my constant companion.

- Sonja Galley, New York Farm Bureau

Woody is my constant companion. When he got that cow off of me I knew there was something to him and he’s been a great farm dog.

- Joe Sheeran, Texas Farm Bureau

How important a ranch dog is to a rancher... They truly enrich our lives and make ranching the best job in the world.

- Beth and Rhett Crandall, Utah Farm Bureau

Sponsor / Prizes

For the 2024 contest, the American Farm Bureau Federation, with support from Nestlé Purina PetCare, will recognize a grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – as well as up to three regional runners-up and a People’s Choice Pup.

Prizes provided by Nestlé Purina PetCare include –

  • One year’s worth of Purina Pro-Plan dry dog food and other products, a trophy plate and a $5,000 cash prize for the Farm Dog of the Year
  • A $1,000 cash prize, trophy plate and Purina Pro-Plan products for up to three regional Farm Dog of the Year runners-up
  • A $1,000 cash prize for the winner of the People’s Choice Pup


A panel of judges selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation shall select the winners. 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.

Contestants agree that the sole and final judgment as to all matters concerning the contest and interpretation of contest rules are at the sole discretion of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and their officers and staff.

Contest Rules

No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited. By entering, entrant agrees to be bound by these official rules.


Send an email to farmdog@fb.org with questions about the contest.