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 despite it bucketing down around Townsville for days there hasn’t been a drop here over the past month! If ever we should learn a lesson it’s from this ‘weather event’. Fish dying by the tonne in the Murray-Darling system and fresh water metres deep running out to kill the Reef up north….surely human ingenuity can find a way to blast a hole through the mountains and redirect the excess down south? I think the Chinese probably would have found a way some thousands of years ago!! Read more…Go to archive