An Australian record of $25000 was set at the Jerilderie Working Dog Auction on February 24.
Shane Maurer, from Milvale, NSW, sold the top dog, Eveready Possum, to Wilcannia’s Dwayne Evans, beating the previous record of $22200 set in 2018 at the Casterton Kelpie Association’s working dog auction.
Of the 52 dogs up for auction, 46 sold for an average price of $5979, up $1639 on the 2018 edition.
Six of those sold reached $10000 or more with the second-top-priced dog selling for $17820.
Mr Maurer said he was not expecting Eveready Possum to reach the record price, something he did at last year’s Jerilderie’s auction with Coopendale Charlie, which sold for $14000.
‘‘I knew the buyer and three or four others were keen on the dog,’’ Mr Maurer said.
‘‘Going in I knew the buyer would bid on the dog, but you never know if the others will. I thought she might have made around $15000, so to go as far as she did is just amazing.
‘‘One bloke pulled out at about $18000 and a second bloke pulled out at $20000.
‘‘You dream of breaking the record at least once, but doing it twice is a whole different ball game.’’
Adam James sold Kingsley Chevy for $12500 to Finley’s Will and Jack Sexton.
Elders Jerilderie ran the sale.