Welcome to the National Working Stock Dog Futurity and Sale Website!

Entries are now invited  for the 2015 Trial and Sale which will be held at White Park Scone on the 24th and 25th of July next. 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!

2015 will be the fith 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:

2014 Auction Results

25 dogs sold gross $53,050. Average price $2,122.00. Top priced dog Lot 7 Glenfaba Brass vendor BD & SG Crowe sold to Chandlers Peak Pastoral Co Guyra $6,000. Top priced pup Lot 27 Bear vendor Chris Bagnell sold to D & L Samuels Singleton $1,900.

Full Auction Results here

Working Dog Traits

  • 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.

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