CONFIDENCE in working dogs couldn't be higher after a vendor received a hefty $20,000 for a Kelpie.
The high price demonstrates an enthusiasm for quality trained working dogs, that can be a useful addition to a livestock operation.
Vendor Lucy Sellers of Delegate said she was thrilled with the result and congratulated the organisers on running such a good auction in the current COVID-19 pandemic environment.
She said the dog she sold was called Alfie.
He's a two-year-old sired by Telford's Blitz from the dam Bendoc Park Janice.
In the description and accompanying sale videos potential buyers could clearly see a dog that was touted as being "a complete package."
He showed powerful stock sense and was easy to control both working in cattle yards, on sheep or in the paddock.
"The committee did a fantastic job to allow vendors to show off their dogs," Lucy said after the auction.
"Not many auctions provide top-quality stock and facilities to allow working demonstrations on sheep, in the yard and paddock and on cattle," she said.
The sale, which was interfaced with AuctionsPlus, gained widespread appeal and support from buyers and vendors.
Organisers from the Wagga Working Dog Auction said they were pleased with the result and described the outcome as one of the best yet, despite the wet and muddy conditions.
The event was moved from autumn to spring and those charged with running the sale said it was a good decision.
In all the Wagga Yard Dog Club attracted 60 bidders at the auction and this was backed up by a further 280 who were involved in the online bidding process.
Dogs were sold to buyers from a widespread geographic location including NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
In the breakdown of selling a total of 30 dogs from 32 offered sold under the hammer.
A sale average of $6817 was achieved with seven dogs selling for more than $10,000.