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Check it out: 21 years of farm dog champions

Slideshow: Curious about past winners of Prairie Farmer’s Favorite Farm Dog Contest? Check them out here! Plus, learn how to enter your farm dog in the 2022 contest.

Sierra Day

March 9, 2022

18 Slides
collage of past Prairie Farmer farm dog winners

Since 2000, Prairie Farmer has been holding the Favorite Farm Dog Contest to recognize the best of Illinois farm dogs. We’ve circled up nearly all of the winners from the past 21 years, and we hope you enjoy reminiscing with us in the slideshow.

The 2022 contest is underway, and entries opened in January. Already your favorite farm dog photos are hitting our inbox, and we can’t get enough! Be sure to share your dog’s story with us before entries close on March 21 at 8 a.m.

To enter, email us your best photo of your farm dog, and in 150 words or less, share what makes him or her your most faithful companion. Please include your name, address and phone number, plus your dog’s name, age and breed. And don’t wait — entries will close March 21 at 8 a.m.

Winners will be selected through a combination of online voting and editorial voting, which will be based on the dog’s utility, companionship, work ethic and value as a family member.

Owners of the winning dog will receive a complete photo shoot of their dog on the farm, on the job, and with and without family members, plus a 16-by-20-inch Modern Metals wall art featuring their favorite farm dog photo, complete with the winning credentials. Plus, the first-place farm dog will receive $100; second place will win $75; and third place will receive $50.

And don’t forget the ultimate prize: neighborhood glory for your four-legged friend.

ENTER HERE! Send in a photo and tell us about your farm dog by March 21. Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number, plus your dog’s name, age and breed.

About the Author(s)

Sierra Day

Field editor, Farm Progress

A 10th-generation agriculturist, Sierra Day grew up alongside the Angus cattle, corn and soybeans on her family’s operation in Cerro Gordo, Ill. Although she spent an equal amount in farm machinery as she did in the cattle barn as a child, Day developed a bigger passion for the cattle side of the things.

An active member of organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association, she was able to show Angus cattle on the local, state and national levels while participating in contests and leadership opportunities that were presented through these programs.

As Day got older, she began to understand the importance of transitioning from a member to a mentor for other youth in the industry. Thus, her professional and career focus is centered around educating agriculture producers and youth to aid in prospering the agriculture industry.

In 2018, she received her associate degree from Lake Land College, where her time was spent as an active member in clubs such as Ag Transfer club and PAS. A December 2020 graduate of Kansas State University in Animal Sciences & Industry and Agricultural Communications & Journalism, Day was active in Block & Bridle and Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, while also serving as a communications student worker in the animal science department.

Day currently resides back home where she owns and operates Day Cattle Farm with her younger brother, Chayton. The duo strives to raise functional cattle that are show ring quality and a solid foundation for building anyone’s herd.

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