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

November News

A very expensive start to this month with Karmala Quiz having a Caesarian this morning! I sold her to Tony Parsons as a pup and she has bred some nice pups for him; I’ve been keen to get a litter from her after losing her mother Riana Quill II to a snake.

Tony has been feeding her too much for too long and she’s well over weight, so I took her for an x ray a few days ago to make sure there wasn’t a pup left behind if she whelped normally. The vet said 5 pups but he’d consult his mate who’s more expert. She went two days overdue so I took her in for a  C.S this morning….I asked a few questions after they found 6 pups in there! “Oh, Louis said his friend reported there were five for sure…..and maybe more!!” Read more…

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