Working dogs still in demand

Three-year-old Herb showed plenty of ability during his time in the ring at this week’s PGG Wrightson dog sale, earning owner Scott Paton a good pay day.
Photos Sue Newman


The face of farming in Mid Canterbury might be changing as dairy cattle overtake sheep as the district’s number one livestock, but that change has had little impact on the need for good farm dogs.

This week’s 63rd PGG Wrightson dog sale, held in the Mayfield Showgrounds saw the highest ever price fetched, $10,000.

This was paid for a heading dog, two-year-old Jack, sold to Joe Catherwood of Charing Cross.

Jack was sold by South Canterbury retired farmer Peter Boys.

Prices generally were described as strong by sale organiser Greg Cook.

The average across the sale was $3900.

Both the number of dogs entered in the sale and the number of registered buyers was up on last year and the overall quality of the dogs was very good, Cook said.

Only three out of the 43 dogs entered were passed in, failing to meet reserve and one of those was a top dog, he said.

Sellers came from across the South Island with one buyer from Hawke’s Bay.