Dogs go distance for Cobber Challenge
The search is on to find Australia’s toughest working dog, and two WA kelpies are keen contenders.
Darkan farmer Karyn Buller’s kelpie Rosie was among 12 dogs selected as finalists in the annual Cobber Challenge.
The kelpie donned a GPS collar last week and will wear it for three weeks, recording the speed, distance and duration of work on their farms.
At the end of the day, owners upload that information to a web- site which keeps a tally of all the dogs in the competition.
Ms Buller said six-year-old Rosie would take on a range of tasks, including checking ewes, yard work, doing stock rounds and moving lambs.
“We do the tasks on our own properties, the dog wears the GPS collar and it logs how many kilometres the dog does,” she said.
“We started crutching on the Monday so our biggest day rounding up was the day before, but I can’t log those results.
“It is mainly about distance, to see how many kilometres the dogs do.”
Daily results are uploaded to the cobberchallenge.com.au website every evening.
Darkan sheepdog Rosie.