Working Dogs

Dogs’ days tracked

By Country News

A dog from Molka will take on some of the best working dogs in the country in the 2018 Cobber Challenge.

The challenge will see GPS trackers attached to each of the 12 dogs — two from each state — with the distance, speed and duration travelled during their working day compared across a period of three weeks in August and September.

Fly and his owner Ben Harrison will represent Molka.

Cobber brand manager Marika O’Leary said the number of nominations demonstrated just how keen Australian farmers were to see their dogs recognised for the work they did.

‘‘Each weekend we see our favourite footballers don GPS trackers and it is fascinating to see just how that compares with the working dogs that are such an important part of the farm team,’’ she said.

‘‘We had nominations from across the country and you could clearly see how everyone values their dogs, the part they play in the farm business, and their mateship.’’

The competition will run for three weeks from Monday, August 13 to Sunday, September 2.

The competitors will be scored based on distance, speed and duration of work per day with points accumulated based on daily activity to determine the winner of the Cobber Challenge trophy.

■To follow Fly and Ben when the competition starts, go to: www.cobberchallenge.com.au