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AFBF's 2020 Farm Dog of the Year Hails from Utah
USAgNet - 01/20/2020

The winner of the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year award is Flint, an Australian shepherd owned by Utah Farm Bureau members Rhett and Beth Crandall. The American Farm Bureau Federation, with support from Nestlé Purina, recognized Flint, four runners-up and a People's Choice Pup at AFBF's 101st Annual Convention.

"It is great to see interest in this award grow in just a few years to become a great point of connection with the public," said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. "We celebrate the important role dogs play on farms and ranches. Their stories inspire people on and off the farm, providing a glimpse into farm life for some. Farm dogs are loyal work partners that enhance the lives of farm families."

The contest celebrates farm dogs that work alongside farmers and ranchers to produce nutritious food for families and their pets across America. It caught the attention of more than 100,000 social media followers who voted, commented, shared or liked their favorite dog.

Flint, the grand prize winner of the 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year award, is 11 years old and has been part of Beth's family since she was a teenager. At the age of 7, he became an accomplished and passionate working dog relatively late in life. Herding beef cattle and other livestock is Flint's primary responsibility on the ranch. He's also certified through the Canine Good Citizen program and spends time lifting the spirts of residents at senior centers with his gentle presence.

Purina donated prizes for the contest again this year. This included $5,000 in prize money, a trophy plate, a year's worth of Purina dog food and other Purina products for Flint. The company has been a leader in pet care for more than 90 years.

Four runners-up in the contest will each receive $1,000 in prize money, a trophy plate and Purina products. They are:

• Sue, owned by Alabama Farmers Federation members Phil and Kim Slay;

• Smurf, owned by Georgia Farm Bureau member Zach Floyd;

• Joker, owned by Kansas Farm Bureau member Janell Harman; and

• Josie, owned by Nebraska Farm Bureau member David Schuler.

A panel of judges with expertise in the pet care industry, veterinary medicine and communications reviewed 80 nominations to select the Farm Dog of the Year.

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