A PROMISE of large sums of money attracted Australia’s top working dog trainers and breeders to the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange’s first working dog challenge in Carcoar.
The three-day challenge with a total prize of $ 20,000 – the highest in Australia – began today and features a field of 300 entries for cattle and sheep trials.
The challenge finals will be broadcast live Saturday evening on the Working Dog Challenge Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/
Sunday’s inaugural sale drew 50 working dogs and will be led by Stocklive. Sunday’s auction will be broadcast live via Stocklive on https://www.stocklive.com.au/
RLX’s regional manager for NSW Brock Syphers said the auction would help meet the growing demand for working dogs and it was hoped the three-day event would become a heritage event.
“The auction and testing gives working dog breeders the opportunity to promote their best genetics and showcase their well-trained dogs in both competition and sales circuits,” he said.
A flagship event will be the Sire’s Shootout, with working stallions competing under the lights tonight.
“All the stallions participating in this sale will also enter a dog in the sale,” said Mr. Syphers.
“It’s not often that you see the lines you want to bid on, so it will be a remarkable competition,” he said.
Celebrity trainer and breeder Kelpie Ben Coster of Wandabar Stockdogs in Yass is competing and said the $ 20,000 prize pool makes it a very exciting event. He can’t wait to test his eight year old Coopendale open class bitch Lucy.
Friday November 26:
7:00 a.m. Cattle and Sheep Novice Essay
6.30 p.m. Sire Shootout Calcutta
Saturday November 27:
Novice Sheep Trial at 7:00 a.m.
7:30 am Open cattle trial
11:30 am Open sheep trial
6.30 p.m. Live band “Milly Washbrook”
Sunday November 28:
8 hours before sales work
1 p.m. Auction
Cattle agent Tom Card of Bowyer and Livermore predicts good results for the Stockline auction. Click on here to consult the catalog.
“It’s an important selling point for producers to be able to secure a dog that can work the cattle as well as the sheep in the paddock and yards. “
The event follows strong results at the recent 10th annual RMA Network Working Dog Auction on November 13, when working dogs sold for $ 25,500 and $ 7,598 on average for 33 of the 39 sold during the auction. At the Capree sale on October 12, the Kelpies sold for $ 15,500 and an average of $ 10,250.
For more information, visit the Working Dog Challenge trial and sale on Facebook page.