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Farming UK reports that Northumberland shepherdess Emma Gray has sold her two-and-a-half-year-old sheepdog bitch, Megan for £18,900 (NZ $37,000).
Gray describes the dog as a “stylish, positive worker who can get any work job done but can also be geared right down for trials.”
The sale was made to an American telephone buyer, Brian Stamps, on February 21 at Skipton Auction Mart in North Yorkshire.
Stamps farms Wagyu cattle on 809ha in Oklahoma.
“I have followed the Skipton sale for several years as I used to run Border Collies here stateside. I figured it would be the best place available to secure a dog which would meet our needs,” Stamps told Farming UK.
"I did not know about Emma, but read posts she made about a FB group and this caught my attention when I had seen a video of the dog working and how she handled cattle.
“I used to trial 20 years ago, but do not have time to with our operations, though Megan is going to run some trials here and then retire on our ranch.”
The sale of Megan breaks a previous world record set in February last year when a sheepdog bitch was sold for £14,700 (NZ $30,200).
A UK farmer has smashed a world record – for selling her sheepdog for at an astonishing price.