14th annual dog auction
Fifty-two dogs of the best working canines will be offered for sale at the Jerilderie Racecourse this Sunday for the 14th annual Jerilderie Working Dogs Auction.
The popularity of the auction saw nearly 80 dogs registered, however organisers were forced to cut some dogs from the catalogue.
With seven more dogs in the auction than last year, organisers are hoping the sale can exceed the 2018 record breaking $178,095 gross and average dog sale of $4344.
Co-organiser Andrew Rutherford said the event is growing bigger every year.
‘‘We have just over 50 dogs which is up from last year.
‘‘There were a lot more entries than we could handle so some dogs were balloted out.
‘‘It means the auction is becoming a well known national event and we’ve been striving for the last few years to get it at this level.
‘‘We’ve catalogued the dogs into three categories — starter dogs, well started then fully trained.
‘‘There’s the highest percentage of fully trained dogs we’ve ever had.
‘‘We have good vendors coming back as well as our regular vendors. Last year’s top seller Shane Maurer is back this year with an outstanding bitch,’’ Mr Rutherford said.
Mr Maurer’s dog ‘Coopendale Charlie’ sold for an Australian record $14,000.
Returning again this year will be an online option for potential buyers unable to attend the auction, hosted by AuctionPlus.
Through AuctionPlus, live streaming is available and as a result there have been inquiries from all states about the dogs, with particular interest from Queensland.
Demonstrations will begin at 9am for potential buyers to see the dogs in action, with the auction to be held from 1pm. Buyers will register on the day. For more information, go to www.workingdogauction.com.au, or contact Mr Rutherford on 0427 861 515 or Warwick Doolan on 0429 445 964.
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