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, it’s a bit like a moonscape here at present! Bare as it usually is at the end of winter and deep dust in the big dog run. The pickling onions are being harvested opposite the house, so I’ve also had strong onion flavoured air when the wind blows from the south! All bit depressing, but I have a swag of lovely pups to cheer me up…..and neighbours have kindly offered me some grazing for my sheep which is about a kilometre up the road without water and only a cattle fence, so Hardy and I have been doing some droving.Go to archive