A kelpie from a sheep station in Victoria has snagged top dollar at South Australia’s first working dog auction, selling for $29,000.

Key points:

  • The national working dog sale record is $35,200
  • Lucindale’s auction has the potential to grow into a bigger event, a breeder says
  • The inaugural event received plenty of community support

Owner Alistair Leonard said he had a lot of interest in two-and-a-half-year-old Josie. 

“I had a lot of phone calls from New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, King Island,” he said. 

“She’s been one of my main dogs since she was 13 months old.

Josie was bought by another sheep producer in Mildura.

Mr Leonard was hoping she would crack the national record price but she fell a few thousand dollars short.

The record remains with Hoover, a kelpie who sold for $35,200 in Casterton earlier this year.

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Lucindale Working Dog Auction treasurer Kylie Ware said the organisers wanted to cater to the locals.(

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Hammer at home

Lucindale Working Dog Auction treasurer Kylie Ware said the idea was born in February with the aim of creating an event for locals.

“Our area is such a broad area of community people that are farming-based so we thought why not,” she said.

A black and tan kelpie gets low to the ground while rounding up a few sheep in a pen.

A kelpie is put through its paces ahead of the auction.(

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“There are a lot of breeders and we have the South Australian Yard Dog Association here for trialling.

Lucindale local and first-time seller Neisha Shanko put 13-month-old Zuma up for sale.

“Beautiful natured dog, really loyal, don’t have to have her on a lead or anything,” she said.

“She’ll work in the paddock too, but she’s still learning all of that.”

A young woman grins next to her brown kelpie. She's wearing jeans, a button-up and a bright orange vest.

It was Neisha Shanko’s first time selling a working dog at auction.(

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Ms Shanko said the event had a lot of community support.

“Hopefully we do really well and can continue on doing it for many more years,” she said.

“Lucindale loves the community side of things.

A black and tan kelpie pup sits staring at several sheep while his trainer helps direct them forward.

Vendors came from Victoria, SA and Tasmania.(

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‘Quality will get better’

South Australia Yard Dog Association president Lyndon Cooper said breeders across the country were watching this event closely.

“These auctions take a little while to build up momentum — it could be two or three years before they really hit their straps,” he said.

“People are looking for trained or semi-trained dogs that they can take home and go straight on with.”

An older man wearing a navy blue cap and brown jacket smiles in front of a green shed.

South Australian Yard Dog Association president Lyndon Cooper said a lot of breeders would be watching the event.(

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Mr Cooper said the auction could have a bright future.

“Lucindale has always been a very good venue for livestock anyway, so it’ll be very good for all the breeders to be able to show their dogs here,” he said.

“As it picks up momentum the dogs’ quality will get better as well.”

Kelpie sells for $29k at SA’s first working dog auction
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