Karmala Australian Working Kelpie Stud
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The stud is situated about 40 km south of Toowoomba near the historic village of Nobby, famous for Rudd’s Pub; here Australian writer Arthur Hoey Davis, better known as ‘Steele Rudd’, wrote some of his well known Dad and Dave stories. The old house where he lived is just down the road from Karmala.
Established at Lake Bolac in the Victorian Western District, the move to the Downs was made in 2001 when Jan ‘retired’ from farming. This move necessitated an adjustment in breeding emphasis to suit the Queensland market’s demand for dogs that can work cattle as well as sheep.
Foundation dogs were chosen from lines of clever mustering dogs and sires are generally chosen from dogs performing well in testing conditions. This is very important, as there is insufficient work on a small property to fully assess dogs.
Well, a new year and already I’m running a week behind despite all good intentions. It’s so dry here that I’ll blame a dehydrated brain! By far the worst summer in the fifteen years I’ve been in Queensland but it’s been very patchy and other areas, including only 20 km south, have had better falls. Hopefully we get a good dump while it’s still warm enough for some growth for winter feed. No need for teeth trimming the sheep here! Read more…Go to archive