Value of working dogs recognized as kelpie sells for $27k at Australian Kelpie Muster in Casterton

A kelpie from Dubbo in New South Wales has won top prize at the Australian Premier Working Dog Auction.

Kimmy, a 33-month-old black-and-tan kelpie, was purchased for $27,000 at auction in Casterton, Victoria, last weekend as part of Australia’s Kelpie Muster.

Her owner Kahlee O’Leary said she was overwhelmed to get that award.

“I got a little emotional and it was hard to hold back the tears,” she said.

“Very glad she went to a good home.”

Mrs. O’Leary said she was a wonderful companion.

“She has a great personality, that’s for sure.

“She gives absolutely everything when she’s working. You can’t ask for much more.”

A black-and-brown kelpie rounds off a small flock of sheep as the crowd watches
The event includes working dog demonstrations and training schools.ABC Rural: Megan Hughes

New home in Tasmania

A young brother-sister duo bought Kimmy from Tasmania.

This was the first purchase of a working dog for Ashley and Lachlan Meaburn; they run merino and ram on their property near Oatlands.

A black-brown kelpie runs rings around a small flock of sheep to demonstrate his skills
Visitors were entertained by working dog demonstrations. ABC Rural: Megan Hughes

“It was pretty exciting, and I’m just glad we got her,” Ashley said.

“I really liked its practicality.

“For what I wanted, something just ready to go, really practical, easy, and she’s a really sweet and friendly dog ​​when you’re not working sheep.”

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Casterton Kelpie Association vice president Rob Pilmore said Kimmy was one of 49 dogs up for auction.

“We actually have a really wide range of dogs this year of age and ability,” he said

“Probably one of the best varieties across a whole range of skills and age groups.”

There were dogs from New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania for sale.

While $27,000 is a significant amount for a working dog, the national record sales are $35,200.

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Casterton Kelpie Association president Karen Stephens and vice president Rob Pilmore. ABC Rural: Megan Hughes

A Victoria kelpie named Hoover fetched that price at auction last year.

The average price for dogs at auction was $3,400, including puppies, and total sales from the 26th Australian Premier Working Dog Auction were over $400,000.

Home of the Kelpie

Over the weekend, 10,000 people came through Island Park in Casterton for the festival over the weekend.

Karen Stephens, president of the Casterton Kelpie Association, said it was a record attendance.

“It has proven to us that everyone wants out after being locked up for two years after COVID,” she said.

A dark-colored kelpie makes sheep a pen
More than 40 dogs were entered for the working dog auction. ABC Rural: Megan Hughes

This is the event’s 26th year and it’s making a big difference to the western Victorian city.

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