Mary McCrabb has a worldwide reputation for producing top working dogs.
Story By Genevieve Barlow
Mary McCrabb sold her first kelpie offshore in 1968. It went to Norway. Another followed soon after to Nebraska, US. Since then her stud Avenpart Kelpies have gone around the globe to Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland, Sweden, Holland and further, to 23 countries in all.
Exporting was not in Mary’s business plan when she set out as a young married farmer more than half a century ago to breed a working sheep dog for her farm at Wanganella, north of Deniliquin, NSW, but overseas buyers now spend up to $9000 a time to import an Avenpart kelpie. Flight and vet costs are extra.
This Story is from Issue #103
Outback Magazine: Oct/Nov 2015