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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.


All the Karmala sires I am using have tested clear for CA. Top row, Brock, Landy, Wills.

All bitches have also tested clear of CA or are bred from clear parents.

There’s a lengthy CA discussion in the May 2020 post.

3 sires

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

July 2024

We’ve had some nice rain to start July off, welcome for the forage cereal crops. Very cold nights without any cloud cover, so we’ve had a few warmer ones lately. This is one of the flattest rainbows I’ve seen, driving into Clifton yesterday!


The last month has been busy with little pups and also big ones. I have three of Mina’s last litter, now eight months old because I like them too much to sell them at present. Also the Clover boy Van, six months, whose future is a bit hazy still. He’s such a character. Sandy went to an old mate, Andrew Blanch, where she’ll get heaps more attention and be able to settle down. She has a lot of confidence, was bowled over a few times by this wether but didn’t back off. She should be a valuable worker on cattle as she has a nice natural stop when it’s needed.


Creed has gone out to Tallwood to Bill Harris where he’ll enjoy working more sheep. We get to the stage where the young ones coming along put a bit of pressure on the older dogs. Bill’s brother Sid has Ginny, a Wills x Gemma bitch and recently mated her to Landy.

Meanwhile Mina whelped to Sid(Gibson x E.Sunny) mid month, seven strong little pups. She’s a great mum. 


Livvy has done well with her nine and understandably got a bit overwhelmed by so many, so I’ve tried to keep her happy and they’re almost weaned now.

Started on solids at 2 1/2 weeks and with the help of Marina’s magic “healing mix” of herbs they didn’t miss a beat. Some have a stronger food drive than others…this one took to it like a duck to water!!

They grow so fast, as I go through the photos to post here I’m amazed at the change in a few weeks.

These photos taken at six weeks.

The Ralph x McKenzie pups are gradually leaving home, a nice friendly, uncomplicated litter.


From left, Fraser, Jake, Grace Harris, McGurk. Stokes went early, he was a climber!

Sass is due to Keswick Coin on July 14. Photos of Coin with Karmala Klim/Bravo.

I’ve been getting some nice feedback about pups sold last year which is lovely. I’m thinking about selling Hackett because I like Perkins’ relaxed, easy work better, he also has a big bark but only at stock feeding around his kennel. Hackett has more eye and it can be harder to get his attention. 

Perkins   < click for video.

Hackett 19 june < click for video

We’ve had some great sunsets during June and some very cold mornings, down to -2′.



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