Kelpie sells for $29k at SA’s first working dog auction

ABC Rural / By Megan Hughes Posted Sun 26 Sep 2021 at 4:16pm

A kelpie from a sheep station in Victoria has snagged top dollar at South Australia’s first working dog auction, selling for $29,000.

Owner Alistair Leonard said he had a lot of interest in two-and-a-half-year-old Josie. 

“I had a lot of phone calls from New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, King Island,” he said. 

“She’s been one of my main dogs since she was 13 months old.

“She’s very reliable, hard working dog and gives her all.”

Josie was bought by another sheep producer in Mildura.

Mr Leonard was hoping she would crack the national record price but she fell a few thousand dollars short.

The record remains with Hoover, a kelpie who sold for $35,200 in Casterton earlier this year.

Hammer at home

Lucindale Working Dog Auction treasurer Kylie Ware said the idea was born in February with the aim of creating an event for locals.

“Our area is such a broad area of community people that are farming-based so we thought why not,” she said.

“There are a lot of breeders and we have the South Australian Yard Dog Association here for trialling.

“They don’t have to travel to NSW or places that are a lot further to get to.”

Lucindale local and first-time seller Neisha Shanko put 13-month-old Zuma up for sale.

“Beautiful natured dog, really loyal, don’t have to have her on a lead or anything,” she said.

“She’ll work in the paddock too, but she’s still learning all of that.”

Ms Shanko said the event had a lot of community support.

“Hopefully we do really well and can continue on doing it for many more years,” she said.

“Lucindale loves the community side of things.

“Everyone comes out to watch and volunteer and get it going, hopefully everyone supports it.”

‘Quality will get better’
South Australia Yard Dog Association president Lyndon Cooper said breeders across the country were watching this event closely.
“These auctions take a little while to build up momentum — it could be two or three years before they really hit their straps,” he said.
“People are looking for trained or semi-trained dogs that they can take home and go straight on with.”

Mr Cooper said the auction could have a bright future.

“Lucindale has always been a very good venue for livestock anyway, so it’ll be very good for all the breeders to be able to show their dogs here,” he said.

“As it picks up momentum the dogs’ quality will get better as well.”

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-27/kelpie-sells-for-29k-at-working-dog-auction/100493070

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