A border collie that is “the whole package” sold for a record $33,000 at a dog sale in Rockhampton last week.
Joe is used to breaking records when it comes to selling the working dogs he breeds and trains.
In 2021, he sold a dog for $30,000.
“If people say a dog ain’t worth that, they haven’t had a good one,” Joe said.
“They’re yours until the dog becomes too old to work.
“They are with you for life.”
Joe is on a horse at his property mustering cattle as we talk about his dogs.
He whistles to his working dog Max.
“All they want is a tin of biscuits and a pat on the head at the end of the day,” Joe said.
Joe reckons a good working dog can save a farm $65,000 a year in wages. Maybe more, depending on the dog.
“You can put a dollar value on it.”
He whistles to Max again.
Joe sells at about two dog shows a year.
James and Helen Parker from Monto in central Queensland bought Sid at the Rockhampton dog sale.
“If you thought employment was bad here, it is a hundred times worse up there,” Joe said.
Dogs like Sid are willing to work anywhere.
“He’s a dog with a work ethic. He’s a beautiful dog,” Joe said.
“I just love them, I’ve grown up with them.”
He whistles to Max again. It’s dark and it’s time to go home.
A man and his dog head to the lights of the farmhouse.
This article appeared on indyNR.com on 26 April 2023.