$7200 top price paid for working dog

Blaise France (12), of Mt Somers, holds 8-week-old pup Olive ahead of the PGG Wrightson annual...
Blaise France (12), of Mt Somers, holds 8-week-old pup Olive ahead of the PGG Wrightson annual working dog sale at Mayfield.PHOTOS: TONI WILLIAMS
Vendor Scott Hunter, of Omarama, with 4-year-old bitch Issy after putting on a display during the...
Vendor Scott Hunter, of Omarama, with 4-year-old bitch Issy after putting on a display during the auction. Issy sold for $7200.
Working dogs line up to be viewed before the auction.
Working dogs line up to be viewed before the auction.

Eight-week-old pup Olive experienced her first auction last week.

She and 59 other dogs went under the auctioneer’s hammer at PGG Wrightson’s 65th annual working dog sale,

held at Mayfield Showgrounds.

Olive was up for sale by the France children of Mt Somers.

She was one of seven puppies of a litter produced by the France family’s bitch Sam and sired by Bill Lotts Cap. The pup was a well-marked bitch pub and fetched $500 in the auction.

PGG Wrightson auctioneer Greg Cook said it was ‘‘good, sound sale’’. Prices mostly ranged from $3000 to $5000.

A Huntaway breed brought the highest price at $7200 and the highest price paid for a heading dog was $7000.

Vendors and buyers came from around the South Island but there was one registered buyer who crossed Cook Strait to attend.

In all, 48 dogs, out of 60, were sold.

The total price for all dogs sold was $300 down on last year, even though there were 12 extra dogs sold.

‘‘I’m more than happy with it,’’ Mr Cook said.

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