Boof gets around

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The two Vic­to­rian dogs that com­peted in the 2018 Cob­ber Chal­lenge book­ended the re­sults, but un­for­tu­nately for Molka lo­cal Fly he was at the wrong end of the 12-dog com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion sees each dog fit­ted with a GPS col­lar that tracks the dis­tance they cover, work­ing du­ra­tion and av­er­age speed across a three-week pe­riod.

Liv­ing on the edge of Lake Murd­e­duke at Winchelsea in western Vic­to­ria, win­ning dog Boof ran more than 230 km at 10.62 km/h, as­tound­ing his owner Henry Lawrence.

‘‘I found out that Boof cov­ers a lot more ground than I thought he would,’’ he said.

‘‘One morn­ing when we were shift­ing a mob he cov­ered around 40 km, and then an­other time he clocked al­most 70 km for the day, so he re­ally sur­prised me.’’

In com­par­i­son, Fly, who fin­ished 12th, ran 181.8 km at an av­er­age speed of 7.14 km/h.

Al­though Fly cov­ered more dis­tance than some of the com­pet­ing dogs, the po­si­tions were based on the points sys­tem, which saw Fly record 31 931 points.

Boof was the only dog who recorded more than 100 000 points (105 230). The fi­nal re­sults were: 1. Boof (Vic­to­ria) 105 230 points 2. Jess (NSW) 96 950 3. Mitch (SA) 80 680 4. Hooch (Tas­ma­nia) 68 468 5. Rosie (WA) 48 379 6. Fly A (NSW) 46 938 7. Clyde (Tas­ma­nia) 37 888 8. Ernie (Queens­land) 37 521 9. Bar­bie (SA) 37 187 10. Tiges (WA) 34 376 11. Ra­zor (Queens­land) 32 005 12. Fly H (Vic­to­ria) 31 931.

On­topofjob... 2018 Cob­ber Chal­lenge win­ner Boof works the sheep as his owner Henry Lawrence watches on.

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