Welcome to the National Working Stock Dog Futurity and Sale Website!
With the upturn in the cattle market and hopeful signs that improved weather conditions in Eastern Australia will persist, we look forward to a buoyant and exciting market for working dogs.
In 2009 a small group of working dog enthusiasts, who are all cattle producers, met to discuss what could be done to encourage the breeding of dogs with the right attributes to successfully work cattle. It was firstly necessary to decide what constituted the ideal dog for working cattle.
They concluded that possibly the most important attribute of the ideal dog is the right type of strength. This dog will show courage, it won't worry its stock, will show good walk up strength, will only bite on the nose or front foot if challenged by the beast, or when necessary to move a stubborn animal, and will only bite on the hind hock if necessary to keep cattle moving or to show they are in control. Once the cattle have turned off the dog or moves as required, the dog will release any pressure from the beast.
Stock and Station Agents of Scone were approached and enthusiastically embraced the concept, and as they say the rest is history!
2016 will be the sixth year in which the Futurity Trial and Sale has been held. Each year the number of dogs entered, and the prices commanded, have progressed very significantly, and with the support of our sponsors it can be claimed that THE WORKING STOCK DOG FUTURITY TRIAL AND SALE is the richest such event in Australia, with a huge future.
Working dogs in action:
Catalogue for 2016 event will be available here in April 2016
2015 Auction Results
The 5th National Working Stock Dog Futurity Trial and Sale held at White Park, Scone on 24th and 25th July 2015 was an outstanding success. The cold wintery weather didn’t deter a record crowd from attending. With 112 registered buyers from all the Eastern States supporting the sale, and a record number of very high quality dogs being offered for sale, it was no surprise that previous records were smashed. Successful buyers came from as far afield as Nebo in Queensland to South Gippsland in Victoria to Broken Hill in NSW.
Top price dog Lot 24 ‘Rambo’ was sold by Dick Chapman for the record price of $7,750, and the top priced pup was Lot 36 ‘Bells Chance’ sold by Kevin Bell for yet another record price of $3,900.
The Open Trial and Futurity Trial run in conjunction with the Sale were equally successful with record entries in both events. The results of these events are available here.
The organisers are looking forward to building on this year’s success with the 6th Annual Futurity Trial and Sale which will be held at Scone in July 2016
The dog must be calm, strong, and confident. It will be able to pull up stock by its presence alone, but if needed will apply as much force and strength as required ,but release the pressure off the stock, to give the stock a clear choice of action.
The dog must have and excellent temperament. It must be able to take pressure i.e. mental and physical pressure from the handler and the stock.
The dog must be of a good type. It must be able to travel and to back up each day and stay on the job. It must be athletic and show stamina.
The dog will be a silent worker, with only an occasional bark, if required to put additional pressure on a stubborn beast.
The dog will have a presence with cattle, which will recognise it as something to be reckoned with and who is in charge.
The dog will be biddable, but nevertheless will demonstrate its own ability and stock sense, and will be in the right place without constant instruction from the handler. It will have a natural balance on the stock i.e. working with you and not shutting stock down, which is a common fault in stock handling by dogs.
The dog will naturally cast reasonably wide of its stock, and will go to the lead; he will go out with purpose and presence. Its instinct must be to bring the stock back to the worker.