Boone the Brave: Meet the 2023 Mississippi’s Farm Dog of the Year!

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation recognizes Boone, The Holder Family’s four-year-old blue heeler as this year’s Farm Dog of the Year.

Introduced to the cattle world from a young age, Boone, Mississippi’s Farm Dog of the Year for 2023, grew up alongside the livestock on the Holder Family’s cattle operation.

“I introduced him to cattle, and he took to it,” explained his owner Blaise Holder, marveling at Boone’s herding prowess.

Now four years old, Boone’s journey from riding shotgun on hauling trips to a seasoned cattle companion is one marked by quiet determination.

“At the shoot, as the dust kicks up and the cattle shuffle, Boone’s purpose comes to life. He chases every one of them out,” Holder said.

Fearless and efficient, Boone maneuvers the herd effortlessly.

“He does what it takes to get the herd where they need to be,” noted another family member.

But Boone’s responsibilities extend beyond herding — he has also assumed guardianship over the Holder Family’s newest addition: Charlie, a beautiful baby girl.

“He’s a good little protector,” said Kameron, Holder’s wife. In this role, Boone transforms into more than a cattle driver; he becomes a trusted companion and a watchful big brother to little Charlie.

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