Farm dog sells for $10,000, sets new record at annual sale

Heading dog Jack fetched the highest price in the 63 year history of the sale.
Heading dog Jack fetched the highest price in the 63 year history of the sale. Photo credit: Supplied

A heading dog named Jack has made history, after selling for a record price at an annual working dog sale.

The PGG Wrightson Mid Canterbury Livestock team ran the 63th annual Ashburton Sheep and Cattle Dog Sale yesterday at the Mayfield A&P showgrounds yesterday.

The two-and-a-half year old heading dog topped the sale, at $10,000 - the highest price paid for a working dog in the 63 year history of the sale. 

Jack was sold by South Canterbury retired farmer Peter Boys and bought by Joe Catherwood of Charing Cross in Canterbury.

PGG Wrightson Livestock Auctioneer Greg Cook said there was a strong gallery of buyers with 43 dogs sold.

"Both heading and Huntaway working dogs were on offer with a range of ages from 10 months upwards," he said. 

He said there was an average sale price of $3,900 across, with good quality dogs on offer.

"Buyers came from all over the South Island and some from as far away as Hawke's Bay were in the gallery."

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