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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 June, 2003, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
Sheep dog sold for 3,300
A border collie has become the most expensive sheep dog to be sold at auction.

Lynwood Cassie, known as Cass, was bought by Herefordshire farmer Paul Evans for 3,300 at Skipton Market in North Yorkshire.

Jeremy Eaton, the auctioneer who sold Cass, said good dogs at the better end of the market regularly sold for between 1,500 and 2,500, but Cass was the first working dog to be sold for such a high price.

He said the one-year-old dog was special because of her skilful handling of the sheep at such an early age.

It would take a professional shepherd up to six months to get a dog up to speed - so someone has been saved all that hassle
Phil Buckley, Kennel Club
"To have a dog perform a trial like that at that age is quite exceptional.

"It requires people to spend an awful lot of time to get dogs to that level," he said.

"She can already out-perform older, more experienced dogs."

Cass will now work with six other dogs and a flock of 2,000 sheep on the farm in Ross-on-Wye.

Phil Buckley, from the Kennel Club, said a fully-trained sheep dog ready to go straight into the fields would be worth its weight in gold to a busy shepherd.

"It would take a professional shepherd up to six months to get a dog up to speed so someone has been saved all that hassle and the dog can go straight into the field and work the sheep," he said.


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