The Karmala 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.

Healthy puppies grow into healthy dogs...these pups are already sharing their mother's food. Matt's team IMG_3493 Mel&Gcr

October news

October already, and it seems we are getting the normal Queensland spring weather…a couple of nice days and then summer starts! Lucky to get some rain late September, but many missed out. Peg had six nice pups to Chopper to start October off on a good note.

The previous litters of Lily, Brandy, Cadelle and Kahlua are growing into lovely pups. I love the four-six week waddle! I have read about different stages of development and how pups become more aware of their surroundings at certain ages; it was noticeable that the Lily litter became a little more wary for a few days at about 7 weeks, but were soon back to their super-friendly selves. Maybe the amount of food fed can affect their willingness to interact also!

K.Cherry(Chance x Brandy) has been away with Arthur Crumblin learning some manners; she’s a nice young bitch with heaps of work and power, but some nice eye and cover as well. Not an easy pup to start, but Arthur says this type always become the best workers long term. I think I might have been leaning towards the easier type pups to keep, so Cherry will be here for some time.

The young bitches still here from the summer litters are working very well; Wings, Jewels and Tock are showing  lot of promise, and Wings in particular seems a cooperative type. I also have Benalee Mocha(Karmala Brock x Karmala Lyndy) as Lisha Bennett had too many dogs to keep in the town limits. She’s a ‘cracker of a pup’ as Lisha says! Just starting to work, and she drove the ewes and lambs down the paddock on her own(and unrequested) beautifully yesterday. Calm and strong and patient. There were several late lambing ewes and she took her time and moved the whole mob. I was enjoying watching her so much I didn’t interfere, she reminded me very much of my all time favourite bitch who started similarly…like a trained dog.

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