Welcome to the National Working Stock Dog Futurity and Sale Website!
The 2013 Futurity Trial and Sale was a great success. Purchasers attended from Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland to purchase dogs, and for the first time there has been enquiry from the USA.
From the depth of enquiry, it is clear that there is a very real and increasing demand for dogs with the right type of strength and ability to work livestock.
The National Working Stock Dog Futurity and Sale has now established its self as the recognised venue from which to source the very best of Working Stock Dogs.
The next Trial and Sale will be held at White Park Scone on Friday and Saturday the 20th & 21st June 2014, and we'll look forward to welcoming you there .
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.
MacCallum Inglis, Stocks and Station Agents of Scone were approached and enthusiastically embraced the concept, and as they say the rest is history!
2014 will be the fourth 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 MACCALLUM INGLIS NATIONAL WORKING STOCK DOG FUTURITY TRIAL AND SALE is the richest such event in Australia, with a huge future.
32 dogs and 9 pups sold
Average price of dogs $2,662
Average price of pups $1,077
Total value of dogs and pups sold was $94,900
Top price for a dog was Lot 35
Vendor Chad Reynolds - Slug sold for $4,600
Top price for a pup was Lot 37
Vendor Chris Bagnall - Sherry sold for $1,900
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.