Jer­ilderie Work­ing Dog Auc­tion

Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25th, 2017

Southern Riverina news - - FRONT PAGE - By James Ben­nett

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.

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