Kelpies to $10,000 at Casterton

Kelpies to $10,000 at Casterton


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PRICES were firm at the Casterton kelpie auction despite a decrease in the numbers offered this year, with pups between four and five months-of-age demanding particularly competitive prices.

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PRICES were firm at the Casterton kelpie auction despite a decrease in the numbers offered this year, with pups between four and five months-of-age demanding particularly competitive prices.

Black-and-tan Bagalla Coke was at short odds for most of the day to make the best price, and didn't disappoint breeder Ian O'Connell, Bagalla Working Kelpies, Strathkellar, with his $10,000 price tag.

The 22-month-old male was bought by Mark Williams, Lillimur to work his 5000-head SAMM and Merino flock.

It was the Williams' family's first Casterton auction, but they always planned to bid at the top to replace their recently-passed working dog Quinn with a dog that had the complete package.

Mr O'Connell is no stranger to five-figure sales, after making the same price for Bagalla Mister last year - just $500 off top-price.

Click the image below to see the Casterton Kelpie Muster gallery.

All eight dogs making $5000 or more were male; a reflection of people's reluctance to own bitches under the new working dog code in Victoria.

The top-priced bitch, and 11-month-old red and tan with Pandara pedigree, consigned by Clint Shelton, Island Kelpies, Bracknell, Tasmania sold for $4500.

Ricky Jones, Jones's Silvercity, Broken Hill, NSW, was next in line, and made $8000 with 30-month-old Kelvin.

Noted volume buyers at the top end was the Old family, Emu Park, Balranald, who bought three trained dogs at an average of $5167.

Although the auction got off to a shaky start with the first three dogs passed in, the $3057 av was consistent with previous sales, RMA Network auctioneer James Tierney said.

"There were some pretty well-bred four to five month-old pups, and they were a bit dearer than the same age bracket last year," he said.

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