Jerilderie Working Dog Auction
Sunday, February 25th, 2017
Some of the best breeders in the Jerilderie Working Dog Auction’s history will be returning to the 13th annual sale this weekend.
Among them will be one from Violet Town’s James Fowler, who topped the 2017 sale when he earned $10,500 for ‘Ned’, then a two year-old Kelpie.
He was the best of four dogs he sold that year, with his other top performers being then 19 month-old kelpie ‘Ben’ who fetched $6,600 and 19 month-old kelpie ‘Chick’ who made $6,050.
Mr Fowler’s offering at this year’s sale is 21⁄ year-old kelpie ‘Delta’, who he is confident will achieve similar prices.
‘‘She’s a very capable dog who has proven herself at dogs trials, and is well trained,’’ Mr Fowler said.
‘‘I would have like to have entered more, but it wasn’t to be.
‘‘I don’t like to have too many dogs. I would rather sell better quality dogs; it’s not about quantity.’’
Mr Fowler said while he’s a relatively new ‘regular’ at the Jerilderie Working Dog Auction, the results he has received is what keeps him coming back.
‘‘It’s been very good for me and I like to support them annually — every year is getting better and better. ‘‘I’m really impressed with how it’s run. ‘‘This will be my fourth year (at the dog auction) and I’ve always had very good success, so I like to keep my hat in the ring.
‘‘But I must admit last year was a freak of a year.’’
Achieving top price in 2016, Jerilderie Working Dog Auction co-founder Andrew Rutherford will also be offering some quality dogs this year.
Mr Rutherford, who has been breeding for more than 40 years, achieved $7000 for ‘Milly’ two years ago.
He will offer three dogs to buyers this Sunday.
‘‘I have Smoker, Spud and Midy in the auction,’’ he said.
‘‘I think it will be a good year for all buyers.
‘‘Current livestock prices are pretty strong and that trend is usually a pretty good commodity to compare.
‘‘With Jerilderie right in the heart of sheep country, the timing is perfect for the auction.’’
Dogs bred in Deniliquin by David Kennedy will also be on offer at Jerilderie this weekend, who will return with two black and tan kelpies.
‘‘Ned is 16 months old and Bonnie is two and a half,’’ he said.
‘‘I think Bonnie is a red hot candidate; her brother made $7000 last year. ‘‘She’s a good breed and a good yard dog. ‘‘She hasn’t been tried (at dog trials) but has lots of station miles.’’
Each of the 45 dogs to be sold on Sunday will be demonstrated twice — first at 9.30am and then again during the auction — so potential buyers have plenty of chances to inspect what is on offer.
Bidding is expected to be fierce, with more than 90 bidders registered by Tuesday. There will also be a live online auction running concurrently with the on-site auction this year.
Jerilderie Working Dog Auction co-founder and registered seller Andrew Rutherford said conditions point to this year’s sale being a huge success.