Rushing to beat the suddenly imposed statewide COVID-19 lockdown, the working dog auction conducted by the Wagga Wagga Working Dog Club registered a top price of $34,000.
"We were in a bit of a panic at the end to get it all wrapped up before the deadline," Steve Condell said.
Mr Condell is a committee member of the Wagga Wagga-based club and he said todays result was the best seen during the annual auctions.
"We are the oldest working dog club in the country and it was great to see such a great result."
Mr Condon said 52 dogs were offered after being put through their paces at the specially built yards at Euberta, of the 56 dogs catalogued.
"This was the best lineup of dogs put through our purpose-built yards which gives every of the chance to showcase their abilities," he said.
"All dogs the opportunity to show their skill with cattle, casting and in the yards."
The top priced dog Eveready Spud, a black and tan dog aged three years six months was sired by Marabou Jimmy from Milburn Molly.
He was bought as a pup by Emelia Walton, livestock overseer on Bobbara Station, Galong.
Ms Watson, who has been working with dogs for the past seven years was overwhelmed by the sale.
"He is such a lovely dog to work with, very biddable but has a lot of command over the stock," she said.
The AuctionsPlus catalogue described Eveready Spud as a "Fully broken entire dog that's a real work horse with miles of long days working large mobs of sheep or cattle, wether it's in the paddock, yards or shed. Loves catching fly blown sheep, topknots, works off ute, bike, side by side, horse, in a team or solo."
At the time of publication the buyer was not disclosed.
The auction was conducted by Nutrien and Elders, Wagga Wagga with Joe Wilks auctioneering and it was interfaced with AuctionsPlus.
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