The Wagga Working Dog Club Auction saw strong demand for experienced sheep and cattle dogs, with the top price paid exceeding last year's event by $14,000.
Club president Matt Whitley said there were good results from the sales with a lot of interest via online buyers at the demonstration and auction event at Euberta on Saturday.
"Out of 57 dogs that were catalogued, there were 11 that were passed in, four withdrawn, and the average sale was $8159 after we sold 42 dogs," he said.
"The results were about what we expected; the top price was $14,000 better than our top price from last year."
The top-priced dog, 'Eveready Spud', a three-and-a-half-year-old male black and tan kelpie, was sold to a buyer from Deniliquin for $34,000.
"It was a very good dog and can work sheep and cattle," Mr Whitley said.
Eveready Spud, sold by Emelia Walton from Galong, was described in the catalogue as "a real work horse with miles of long days working large mobs...whether it's in the paddock, yards or shed" and able to work with utes, bikes, horses and other dogs.
"There is very strong demand at the moment from farmers, it's just the way the job is with sheep and cattle. The demand for working dogs is very high and there's a labour shortage was well."
Mr Whitley said the number of dogs at the event was down due to COVID-19 restrictions, but there was a lot of interest via the AuctionsPlus online platform.
"AuctionsPlus bought 18 of the dogs online, including the top-priced dog," Mr Whitley said. "I'd like to thank all the vendors and wish all the buyers good luck with their purchases."