Ipswich man Wayne Carter breeds and trains Australian cattle dogs and is pictured with four-year-old Chase.Photo Pamela Frost
Ipswich man Wayne Carter breeds and trains Australian cattle dogs and is pictured with four-year-old Chase.Photo Pamela Frost Pamela Frost

Artificial insemination used to breed top notch cattle dogs

THE Australian cattle dog breed is so important to Ipswich man Wayne Carter he went through an expensive process to create a litter of puppies using 10-year-old frozen dog semen.

Mr Carter had five of his seven dogs at Brisbane's Ekka on Tuesday and all came away with a prize.

In the spirit of his breed, Mr Carter's area in the dog pavilion was decked out with Australian flags and Aussie rugs for the pooches.

"Some people think I go a bit overboard," he said.

"You've got to support the breed. They are our original breed."

Mr Carter said he was brought up with working dogs and the love of the breed had stuck with him.

About three years ago he wanted to breed a litter of pups from one of his female dogs and had a chance to use frozen semen that was 10 years old and had been taken from a dog he knew. So he went for it.

Out of the litter came Stoker and Seena and both competed at the Ekka and came away with prizes; Stoker came second in the intermediate dog class and Seena came first in the intermediate bitch class.

Mr Carter also had three other dogs competing in the conformation: one-year-old Sparky who took out the junior category, Sparky's father four-year-old Chase who came third in the open dog category and four-year-old Tarnee whose cage was decorated in ribbons.

She won best Australian bred bitch and came runner up across the group.

"This is what you come for," he said, pointing to Tarnee's ribbons.

Mr Carter said he bred for quality, soundness and type. He also said a good Australian cattle dog had the ability to work all day.

Mr Carter, who used to farm but does not any more, said he nearly didn't make it to this year's Ekka because he had been sick.

He also said the competition was not predictable.

"You could be a winner one day or a loser the next day," he said. - ARM NEWSDESK


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