The 2023 Farm Dogs of the Year

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The California Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest celebrates farm dogs and the many ways they support farmers and ranchers across California. Farm Bureau members are invited to submit photos and a brief story about their beloved dog.

Keep an eye out for the March/April 2024 issue of California Bountiful magazine, featuring the 2023 Farm Dogs of the Year, as well as some of the cutest runners-ups.

Meet the 2022 Farm Dog of the Year

A farm's best friend

Canine contest winners devoted to their jobs and their people

Story by Linda DuBois Photos by Henry Barrios

They greet their human companions with wagging tails and eager-to-please enthusiasm as they provide indispensable assistance around farms and ranches. Then, when the workday is done, they can’t wait to play or just cuddle on the couch.

Such are the attributes of farm dogs—and the winners of the California Farm Bureau’s third annual Farm Dog Contest are among the best of them.

The following is the story of the Grand Prize winner: Rip, a goat herder from Kern County.

Rip loves his job. He'd rather go to work at Poncetta Farms in Bakersfield than do almost anything else. Photo: © 2023 Henry Barrios