A NEW world record has been set at the online Casterton Working Dog Auction today.
Eulooka Hoover, trained by David Lee at Edenhope, Vic, and bred by Rob Macklin, Eulooka Kelpie stud, sold for $35,200 to a North East Vic sheep and cattle grazier.
Overall, 51 lots made $298,600, averaging another record $7753 per dog.
Casterton Working Dog Auction Committee chair Rob Pilmore said the prices received were "not surprising", particularly the top dog, given the amount of work it would do on an average day.
The Casterton Kelpie Association was forced to put their 25th annual working dog auction online at the last minute this year, due to Vic COVID-19 restrictions, with the festival side of the weekend cancelled.
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It was the first time a dog auction had been held on an online platform.
Association president Karen Stephens said she was unsure how the sale would go online, but was amazed with the results.
The pup section of the sale also went well, with the previous highest price of $2800 smashed by a whopping $9050 bid paid to vendor Paul MacPhail, Welshpool, Vic.
The auction also had a milestone, with sales from the past 25 years passing the $3-million mark on dog 'Vandal' from long-time vendor Joe Spicer.
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