Over the last five years we have purchased five
Working Kelpies of Kirkcaldy, of which three
have been high quality natural workers.
Our primary business is mustering Goats for
which working dogs are our key tool. We
have found the Kirkcaldy kelpies to be well
suited to the harsh working conditions and
rugged hot environments that we work them in.
Our preference is to purchase young pups to four
months of age and raise them in the environment
for which they will be working in. Doing
this has many positives - the main being we
train the dog for our specific needs.
When looking for a suitable working dog we
require sensible, athletic, natural lead/heading
dogs with medium caste, force and eye, speed and
We are happy to state that we have found these
special traits in three of our Kirkcaldy
Simwood Holdings PTY LTD.
they have just
purchased another one
Kirkcaldy Storm ( Kirkcaldy Marco X Taupiri Jag
Since 6 months of age, Storm has been pushing
breeders up the race with a strong heel bite,
from the outside of the race, and packing them
in tight, then sits calmly when he's told that's
enough. He's blocked weaners, and breeders
with nose bite, turned them in with a low hard
heel bite, and worked them back to the mob.
Since 8 months, he's been driving a small mob of
growers (15 Mths) from the yards to a back
paddock through a couple of gates, and
always one tries to go up the wrong side of the
fence, Storm will go and block and turn him and
bring him through the gate and back to the
others, all naturally, he does this very calmly,
yet with a lot of force, he bites and does not
mess around, he puts back any beast that tries
to sneak out to the side, any that tries to run
on, he naturally works the the whole mob
on his own, his driving ability is as strong
with bite, as his blocking ability, I mainly
ride the quad bike out to the side of the
cattle. Storm has been so easy to train
because of his natural ability and strength in
driving and blocking.
Storm also gets our Droughtmaster bull out of
the scrub and back into the mob. This bull
has always been a problem running into the scrub
when he sees us coming. Now we are
finding this bull doing this less.
Storm is very strong, yet calm and relaxed, he
is very willing and obedient. He is the
best kelpie we have owned, and his working life
has only just started. We have three
bitches here to start our stud including
Kirkcaldy Keeley, and Storm will be put
over all of them.
Storm is now 14 months.
a short note to let you know about Reg. I have
just come home after a couple of weeks mustering
and yard work in far south western Queensland.
To say that I am happy with Reg is an
understatement. Within 2 pen fulls of
sheep at the drafting race he had worked out
where he had to be.
He took a little encouragement to bark at first,
but once he had seen the effects of it (strong
very meaningful bark) he used it well. He
behaved more like an old dog then a 6 month old
pup. It took very little to encourage him to
work (even after a long day) and by the same
token very little to get him to settle down when
not needed. He was not intimidated by
anything (good and bad thing), big wethers, rams
even ewes with lambs. He would not be bluffed.
I also took him when time allowed for a couple
of short runs to yard sheep out of a small
holding. He rode fairly calmly for a pup
for his first time on a motorbike. Once on the
ground he showed plenty of cover and strength in
holding his sheep together. After the
"puppy fun run" at the start he came to the rear
when called and took very little to get to go
back to the lead when asked (both ways).
He is free running in his action and showed a
little eye at times when needed (he does show a
lot of eye on my wife's sausage dog!!!! He
is not sure of its purpose just like me).
Once again Peter just to let you know I am very
happy with how he is coming along at the moment.
I nearly didn't get to take him home with me as
my mate wanted to keep him. I will try to
catch up with you at the field day in June."
Do you have any pups or started / going dog /
bitches at the moment? I think my mate in
Quilpie would be very interested."
"We're wondering if you have any started dogs
available at the moment? A good friend of ours
has lost two of his best dogs to irresponsible
bait laying while he was helping a friend
muster. He is turning 50, and as a gift, a
number of us would like to put in together to
get a dog for him.
We have purchased kelpies from you before
(Finchley, Tina and Cruza) who have all proved
to be wonderful dogs, and taken us from a "no
dog near a beast no matter what" operation, to
one that can't imagine being without them!
Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of time -
Doug lost his dogs last week, and his birthday
is next week! So we understand that we may have
some difficulties with this!! But, we figured
there's never any harm in asking!"
Charvel Grazing Company
“Tempe (Rockybar Ripper x Glenville Tammy) is
marvellous! Every time I use her she seems to
improve, responding more certainly to my
directions. For the first three months she tried
to ignore my existence when we worked sheep. It
has been a great experience. I feel that we are
quite privileged to have her, she must have come
from an exceptional family” Boorowa NSW.
This letter clearly
highlights that a young dog will go through a
period of adolescence but with perseverance will
become a faithful worker.
(Kirkcaldy Fleet x Kirkcaldy Panda) shows –
exceptional lead qualities. Fantastic eye, will
bark if stirred up” Modewarre, Vic
am very happy about both these dogs & have been
breeding kelpies for fifty two years”. Timor,
has come along very nicely. She was a bit of a
handful for a while but settled down and is no
trouble to handle. She is very friendly and a
good temperament. She is completely fearless and
will go over, through or under sheep without
hesitation in the yard” Surat Qld.
Kirkcaldy Joy (Ballydine Tex II x Kirkcaldy
Toffee) “Joy is now 10 months old. She is a
finely built bitch but strong with heaps of
stamina and is very obedient. She is working
well in the yards and will bark on command, she
will go under the mobs to get to where she wants
to. She is a very quiet, intelligent bitch that
will be forceful when necessary. In the paddock
is where she really shines, she is obedient
right out to the limit of sound, even then she
will complete the task of gathering. At 8 months
of age she amazed other dog handlers at a
Farmers Sheep Dog Trial, with her ability and
obedience. One could go on and on. Thanks again
for a fine bitch and a great companion.”
“He has proven himself to be a dog with
outstanding ability, he has almost a human brain
for understanding and obedience, he impresses
everyone who watches him with his keenness and
control of the situation”