A NEW world record price of $£6,100 or A$10,820 was paid for unbroken pup at the most recent Skipton Auction Mart online working sheep dog sale.
Triallist dad David Evans, of Penclyn Farm, Brecon, set the new record with 11 week-old black and white bitch, Bet, sold to an undisclosed Welsh buyer.
The new pup price smashed the previous unbroken (untrained) sale record of £3,700 established by Northern Ireland’s Donal Mullaney at Skipton last October. Bet is by son Mr Evan’s son Kevin’s red dog, Spot, recently acquired from Germany, out of John Bowen’s Tess, a leading open trials female.
Mr Evans is the father of Kevin Evans, who last year set the £20,000 (A$36,600) all-time world record price at Skipton with a red bitch, Henna.
Dogs offered by Mr Evans Jnr, of Llwynfedwen Farm, near Brecon in Powys, dominated the three-day virtual timed sale from January 18-20 for the third time in succession.
He topped the sale with a fully broken (trained) 10 month-old tan and white bitch, Pink, that sold to an undisclosed buyer for £14,300 or A$25,365. The bitch is by fellow Welshman Ross Games’ chocolate and white dog, Caefelin Clem (Taff), out of Roy Price’s Blue, and was sold scanned carrying pups to Mr Evans’ five-year-old Jaff, a litter brother to his world record price Henna.
David Evans’ leading performer on price at £9,100 (A$16,154) was a 12 month-old fully broken black and white bitch, Beacons Peg, by Welsh team member David Howell’s Nip, a world sheep dog trials finalist, out of David’s own Welsh team member, Kemi Maid, herself also by Tanhill Glen. Peg sold to a Scottish buyer, Dunfermline’s Philip Jones.
It proved an exceptional at the office for the Evans father and son brace, who with six dogs between them netted almost £55,000 or A$97,611.
Mr Evans Snr also received £3,800 (A$6745) for another 11 week-old black and white bitch, Karven Flash, another daughter of Tanhill Glen, out of Steve Lewis’s Elsa. Flash found a new home with an online buyer from Norway, Hilmar Eide, of Torvastad on the island of Karmøy.
Mr Evans Jnr also sold a February-born black and white bitch, Groesfaen Leny, to Northumberland cattle and sheep farmer James Pritchard for £11,100 (A$19,704) and was paid £10,200 (A$18,106) by Belgian buyer Jo De Meyst for March-born black and white dog, Zac.
The auction also had a stronger entry of 19 Scottish-bred dogs that produced the day’s second top price of £12,000 (A$21,301) for Sion (Shaun) Morgan’s fully broken October 2018-born black and white dog, Moss. Moss sold to an undisclosed Scottish buyer.
The auction also included 53 Irish dogs that sold to £9,300 (A$16,513) for an 11 month-old black and white bitch, Emmy, from Brian Farrelly, of Letterkenny in Co Donegal.
The 21 English entries were topped by £9,200 (A$16,335) Bamford breeder Derek Cheetham’s 16 month-old black and white bitch, Queen, whose parents are New Zealand heading dogs. Queen sold to Welsh buyer Hefin Evans, from Tal-y-Bont in Ceredigion.
The sole Belgian entry in the auction, a 17 month-old tri-coloured dog, Foxridge Nuke, from Ben De Kerf in Nieuwe, sold for £4,700 (A$8345).
Organisers said the January event was the most successful of Skipton’s four virtual online sales in terms of entry numbers and trading levels. New vendors were seen alongside long-standing regulars and of the 112 dogs forward, comprising fully broken, part broken and unbroken, 89 found new homes.
Source: Moule Media.