Lucky 13th dog auction
More than 40 of the region’s best working dogs will be available at the 13th annual Jerilderie Working Dog Auction at the Jerilderie Racecourse on Sunday, February 25.
Demonstrations will begin at 9.30am for potential buyers to see the dogs in action, with the auction to be held from 1.30pm.
At the 2017 sale, 47 dogs were offered for sale grossing an amazing $157,000 — an average of $3,656 per dog.
The top priced dog — James Fowler’s ‘Ned’ — sold for $10,500.
The Working Dog Auction was initially established in an attempt to save Jerilderie’s annual Summer Fair — an agricultural style show which folded several years ago.
It also allowed the chance to showcase some of the region’s working pedigree.
Auction founders Andrew Rutherford and Warwick Doolan are still actively involved in running the event, which is held in conjunction with the Jerilderie Apex Club.
Mr Rutherford said 2018 is shaping up to be a good year.
‘‘Livestock sales are pretty good at the moment, so that usually brings good dog prices,’’ he said. ‘‘We also expect a large crowd.’’ Catering will be available on site. For more information, or to register as a bidder, go to www.workingdogauction.com.au, or call Mr Rutherford on 0427 861 515 or Mr Doolan on 0429 445 964.