We thank our naming rights sponsor Clark Rubber for their continued support and assistance over the weekend. We had a team of Clark Rubber specialists who assisted us over the weekend to help achieve our goals. We also thank all our sponsors who helped us over the weekend, and to our special guests Dr Harry Cooper and the team from Better Homes and Gardens. They were a huge success and everyone enjoyed meeting them in person.
We also thank RMA Network for providing the auctioneers for the Auction.
The round up of the Clark Rubber Working Dog Auction 2014 STRATHKELLAR Kelpie breeder Ian O'Connell proved yet again there is money in trained dogs when he sold 22-month-old Bagalla Coke for $10,000 at the 2014 Clark Rubber Casterton Working Dog Auction today.
Lillimur mixed farmer Mark Williams bought Bagalla Coke to help work the 5000 SAMMs and Merinos on his family's 4000 hectare sheep and cropping operation alongside the Western Highway.
Ian O'Connell said he hoped Coke's price sent a message that training dogs using the correct methods paid dividends. The auction was an opportunity for jackeroos and jillaroos to make some money for well-trained dogs.
"I have absolutely no time whatsoever for electronic devices in training because I think you won't be selling $10,000 dogs here if you train them with an electric collar," Ian said.
It was Mark William's first visit to the Casterton auction with his daughters Alannah, 16, and Ebony,10. But he needed to replace his recently deceased top dog Quinn and could see Coke was a "complete all-rounder".
"He's going to suit everything I do on the farm."
The young dog was good value at the $10,000 price tag, he said.
"When you buy dog at one year and 10 months, you are buying for the future."
Ian sold Coke's older brother Bagalla Mister for the same amount last year.
Bagalla Coke demonstrated well, was very mature for his age and would also be a good candidate for the 2014 RMA Network futurity trial at Casterton, he said.
RMA Network auctioneers James Tierney and Bernie Grant sold seven dogs for $5000 or more at the auction, including Ricky Jones' 30-month-old Kelvin for $8000 to Dwayne Evans from Menindee and Jack Leonard's 17-month-old Sam for $7000 to the Sutton family at Buchan South.
The Old family's Emu Park operation at Balranald bought three dogs, including Andrew Kennedy's 18-month-old Duke for $6000, Ian Stringer's 31-month-old Backenbark Brigadier for $5000 and Joe Spicer's 31-month-old Ape for $4500.
Murtoa breeder Rod Hammond sold 32-month-old dog Robbie for $5500 and Yarra Junction breeder Steve Sudero sold 30-month-old Rusty for $5000. In the older pups, Clint Shelton from Bracknell sold 11-month-old Island Squirt for $4500, Timothy Hall from Cressy sold 16-month-old Diesel for $4500 and Welshpool breeder Paul McPhail sold 14-month-old Nugget for $3750.
The top-priced pup under five months old was Peter and Beth Sandral's Mate, that sold for $2300.
Round Up of the Clark Rubber Australian Kelpie Muster - Festival Day
STEADY Eddie the Kelpie and his work mate Tack nailed the opposition for Apsley farm manager James Ridgway in Australia's most expensive yard dog trial in Casterton today (Saturday June7).
James took home $6000 in prizemoney from the 2014 RMA Casterton Kelpie Association Working Dog Auction Futurity. "It's better than a bag of dog food," James said after winning first place and $4000 with three-year-old Hilton Park Eddie in the futurity trial, and second place for $2000 cash with Karana Tack.
Eddie was a steady performer throughout the trial, scoring 83 and 92 points in his first two runs, then 82 in the final, to edge out Tack with runs of 80, 80 and 90.
James said Eddie was pretty consistent and judge Lee Mickan said the dog was calm and well handled on the difficult Merino wethers.
"He didn't fire his sheep up and Tack also kept the sheep calm," Lee said.
Welcome to the Clark Rubber Australian Kelpie Muster Program 2014
What a great day we had on Saturday, 7th June 2014.
Some of the Results of the day. More to be posted soon.
Kelpie Country Street Parade
1st - Strathdownie Red Cross
2nd - Dunrobin Hall
3rd - Casterton First Scout Group
This is a fantastic event to showcase your working dog prior to the auction as well as display the talents of your working dog that you purchased at the 2012 Clark Rubber Australian Working Dog Muster.!