Hakatere Station shepherd Taylor Fowl and his canine workforce are going up towards the Aussies within the first Cobber Problem Relay occasion.
Taylor’s canine workforce set for problem
Hakatere Station shepherd Taylor Fowl, and his workforce of huntaways and heading canines, is the lone Kiwi going up towards Australians within the first Cobber Problem Relay occasion.
Taylor (19), of Mount Somers, and his canine workforce will vie for the title towards 11 others representing each state in Australia.
In Taylor’s canine workforce, all play a job throughout a typical working day on the excessive nation station.
Kate, a 3-year-old huntaway is the mover within the workforce, whereas Bruno, additionally a 3-year-old huntaway, goes the additional mile.
Taylor stated Kate was a yard canine, in addition to doing a little paddock work.
“The heavy hitter within the workforce, she has a whole lot of punch and might transfer something.
“Bruno can go wherever and do something. He’s an actual pure who was straightforward to coach. He’s the principle mustering canine, and the one which will get me out of sticky conditions more often than not.”
Tom, a heading canine, is 2 years previous and described as “a hard-running heading canine”.
“Tom has at all times had a ardour for work. There’s nothing else he desires to be doing; he’ll fall over earlier than he stops working.”
And at last Moss, the senior member of the canine workforce, a 9-year-old heading canine.
“Regardless of the place you run Moss, you’ve got full confidence that he’ll convey the inventory to you,” Taylor stated.
At Hakatere Station, Taylor and the canines are used to loads of elevation work with sheep and cattle.
“We run 12,000 ewes, 800 cattle and an Angus bull stud at Hakatere Station, up within the mountains within the centre of New Zealand’s South Island. I’ve been working right here for a yr with 5 workers,” Taylor stated.
He began the canine workforce at his final job.
“These are my 4 operating canines. I’ve one other 4 younger canines which are doing a bit of labor. All my canines come to work with me day-after-day; they’re mainly with me 24/7.
“The huntaway are the noise makers, and as their identify suggests, they push inventory away; whereas the heading canines, they carry inventory to you.”
In earlier years, the Cobber Problem has showcased the efforts of particular person working canines, however this yr’s problem celebrates the teamwork that goes into operating a farm; Hakatere Station inventory supervisor Cam Clayton and his heading canine Pine competed final yr.
The 12 working canine groups within the inaugural Cobber Problem Relay format recognise farmers typically work canines in groups, or choose sure canines to do completely different duties, like mustering mobs of cattle or pushing sheep by means of yards.
Now in its seventh yr, the 2022 Cobber Problem Relay runs from August 22 to September 11.
Opponents like Taylor have nominated groups of two, three or 4 canines and every day in the course of the three-week competitors, one of many nominated canines will put on a GPS collar, to trace how far, quick and for a way lengthy they work.
The outcomes will likely be mixed to crown the successful workforce.
The information is uploaded day by day to the Cobber Problem web site so followers can observe together with their favorite working canine groups.
Cobber’s advertising and marketing supervisor Kellie Savage stated there have been many wonderful nominations this yr and people chosen spanned from Bodallin in Western Australia to Mount Somers in New Zealand, virtually 5000km.
“These groups showcase several types of farms and completely different breeds of canines. However one factor all of the groups share is a particular relationships between our entrants and their canines.”
The relay format would give individuals a greater sense of how farmers actually labored with their canines, Kellie stated.
“Once they’re out on the land, it’s a workforce effort.”
The canines will likely be scored primarily based on distance, pace and length of labor per day with factors amassed primarily based on day by day exercise to find out the winner of the Cobber Problem Relay trophy.
Folks can observe the efficiency of their favorite working canine workforce at cobberchallenge.com.au and on the Cobber Canine Fb web page.