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NOONBARRA WORKING KELPIE STUD
 
BREEDING WITH
OUR STUD KELPIE SIRES

Currently, we have a number of excellent Stud Kelpie males available to outside bitches. Most of these sires are very well linebred at Noonbarra for many generations and their breeding is extremely hard to get today. They have multiple infusions of famous Rockybar, Liscannor and the great old Kalari bloodlines, especially Kalari Basil. We are proud to say we have a higher percentage of the great old Kalari bloodlines than any other Stud in Australia today.

These sires have produced 100% workers that are very keen with some outstanding qualities. Every pup has been a worker. That is a statement that very few, if any, other Stud can offer. In the last 30 years or more we have never had a single failure. That is an amazing track record and attests to the quality of these sires.

Please go to bottom of page for general information on using our sires, procedure, pricing etc.

NOONBARRA DAVE - $500

 

NOONBARRA JIM - $500

 

NOONBARRA BROCK  $500

 
 

GETTING YOUR FEMALE MATED

 

BOARDING & VET COSTS

 

PROGESTERONE LEVELS FOR ACCURATE MATING


NOONBARRA DAVE III
(Noonbarra Boss X Barclays Queen) - Red and Tan
Born: 23rd Oct 2012. Stud Registration Number: 22431

Noonbarra Dave is one of our new outstanding young sires. He is himself sired by Boss and holds a lot of his excellent traits. His dam, Queen is an exceptional dog and very versatile. Dave is just now being used over a number of our females as he has proved himself to be everything we wanted. He produces friendly easy going pups that are easy to train and interact well with owners. Work is versatile and shows a little style in paddock and strength in stockyards. Dave is a lovely dog in every way. He is very uncomplicated and very stable in his temperament.

He is a nice sized dog, not too heavy, a touch taller than Noonbarra Jim. About the same size as Noonbarra Brock.

The best feature of Noonbarra Dave in our opinion is his great nature. He is a happy, gentle natured dog that is a delight to have around as a companion dog. Good in the house and loves a pat.

Price of service by Noonbarra Dave is only - $500.

(If boarding is needed it is priced separately at  $20 a day. Some customers prefer to pay out for a progesterone test at the Vet and the mating is usually done within 30 minutes. [See info below] So we have kept the cost of the service down but added boarding for those who prefer to leave their dog here during their on -heat period)

If service results in no pups we give a second service free providing that we are informed one week prior to expected whelping date.


NOONBARRA JIM IX

(Noonbarra Ben X Noonbarra Tammy) - Red (Brown) and Tan
Born: 4th June 2010  Stud Registration Number: 54607 Tattoo: NO35D

Noonbarra Jim is probably our most experienced sire even though he is still a very young dog. A very easy dog to handle. Highly intelligent and one of our calmest dogs. As a sire we are extremely pleased with his pups. We have a few young females in the stud by him and that, along with customer feedback is outstanding. Great personality, calm and friendly and also very easy going. He has now sired quite a few females and we could not be happier with what he is producing.

Noonbarra Jim is probably leaning more towards paddock work than yard work but even so, we use him in the yards quite a bit. He is excellent at peeling stubborn sheep off the rails or out of corners. Very keen worker.

Price of service by Noonbarra Jim is only - $500.

(If boarding is needed it is priced separately at  $20 a day. Some customers prefer to pay out for a progesterone test at the Vet and the mating is usually done within 30 minutes. [See info below] So we have kept the cost of the service down but added boarding for those who prefer to leave their dog here during their on -heat period)

If service results in no pups we give a second service free providing that we are informed one week prior to expected whelping date.

 


NOONBARRA BROCK II

(Ameroo Ned X Noonbarra Emma) - Red (Brown) and Tan
Born: 17th Sept 2010  Stud Registration Number: 54639 Tattoo: NO67D

Noonbarra Brock is another excellent sire in our Stud. Great personality, very friendly but also easy going. He has now sired quite a few females and we could not be happier with what he is producing. Over many different females, including outside breeding, he has already proven himself to be an exceptional sire and has produced a number of outstanding puppies.

His dad was a very big Kelpie but Brock is more medium sized which is what we prefer. He seems to have taken the best traits from each parent and even as a little puppy was very easy to train and handle.

His natural (inherited) working ability is wonderful. He has a wonderful point of balance on a mob, very good distance, break-out and walk-in strength.  In the yards he is backing and handling the sheep very well. He has a good bark when needed but not too much. Good power when required to handle the hardest sheep.

Although his working ability is exceptional, that is not the only reason we like him. He is such an easy dog to train and is very faithful. He has a lovely personality and loves people. He has been a great companion dog for Stephen and is very affectionate. Good travelling dog in car and when out in town.

Price of Service to Noonbarra Brock is - $500 (Australian Dollars)

(If boarding is needed it is priced separately at just $20 a day. Some customers prefer to pay out for a progesterone test at the Vet and the mating can sometimes be done within 30 minutes. [See info below] So we have kept the cost of the service down but added boarding for those who prefer to leave their dog here during their on -heat period)

 


If service (naturally) to your bitch  results in no pups, we give a second service free providing that we are informed one week prior to expected whelping date.


GETTING YOUR FEMALE MATED

Please contact us as soon as you think your female has come on heat. About 80% of Kelpie females will mate on day 13 of their heat cycle. On one particular bloodline, we have seen a number of females appear to be ready as early as day 8 but that is unusual. With a very small number of females we have seen them ready to accept a male on day 16 or 17. We can only remember two that weren't ready until day 18. So as a general rule expect your bitch to be ready on day 13. [ from the first day of genitals being swollen or blood spotting]

The best idea, if possible, is to get your bitch to us as soon as possible after she comes on heat and leave her here for a week or so to be mated. If that is not possible then we would recommend you getting a Progesterone test around day 6 to 9 of her heat cycle. If you get this test too early then it comes up as baseline and the test doesn't tell the Vet anything, if you test too late you may miss the mating. The Progesterone level has to be rising.

Females who have been mated before are usually easier than first time females. You need to know as close as possible exactly when your female came on heat. Swollen genitals and blood spotting are the signs you are looking for.

If possible try to get a progesterone test before taking your female to a sire. We always do this with outside sires we go to, unless the sire is very close to where we live. A progesterone test is a blood test. The Vet takes a few drops of blood from the vein of your dog and sends it off to be tested. Results are usually back within 24 hours. Cost varies but we mostly have paid around $90 (2015) but some Vets might charge more.

There is also another test that uses a smear from your bitch put under a microscope. We have found these tests to be extremely unreliable and have had them done by a number of different vets over the years. We would not recommend them unless there is no alternative.

(If boarding is needed it is priced separately at just $20 a day. Some customers prefer to pay out for a progesterone test at the Vet and the mating is usually done within 30 minutes. [See info below] So we have kept the cost of the service down but added boarding for those who prefer to leave their dog here during their on -heat period). Boarding fees are NOT refundable if mating doesn't take place.


PROGESTERONE TESTS FOR MOST ACCURATE MATING

These days we would not travel to use a sire ourselves without getting a couple of progesterone tests first. For example, when we mated Noonbarra Sarah to Futura Ned in Victoria we got 2 tests done and mated her the night we arrived before going to a motel and then again next morning. No fuss and then able to return home. Too easy! If you are travelling any distance and have fuel costs, motels etc. it can be expensive if the mating doesn't work.

A progesterone test is a blood test. The Vet takes a few drops of blood and sends this to a pathology lab. Results come back within 24 hours but sometimes you can get an urgent test same day if you are lucky. Cost is around $90 a test. (2015).

You should know when your bitch has come on heat. Either swelling of the genitals or blood spotting. Progesterone readings of around 3.00 or 3.5 nanomoles per litre (nm/L) are not telling you much. These are base line readings and mean your female has not ovulated. The only thing you really know is that you haven't missed the mating. A reading of around 7nm/l tells you things are happening and from our experience it might take 4 or 5 days to get up to around 16nm/l. If the reading is around 16-18 nm/l then you are likely to get a mating about 2 days later. A reading above 15 nm/l (or 5ng/ml) means your bitch has ovulated. It takes 48 hours for the eggs to become fertile. This may not be exact and we are not veterinary experts in this field but from our experience of doing these procedures for over 30 years, that's about right. Your Vet would be able to advise you much more accurately. Some females will mate for a few days and some only for one day. Most will mate for 2 days or more.

Please be aware that nanograms per millilitre (ng/ml) is a different reading to nanomoles per litre (nm/l). Every now and then a Vet might give you a reading in nanograms (ng/ml), but most use nanomoles. To change from nanograms to nanomoles a rough calculation is to multiply by three.

Fresh semen can remain viable inside the bitch for between 3 and 6 days waiting for the eggs to become fertile so sometimes it is a handy backup to get a natural A.I if there are special circumstances. These would include a bitch having an unusual cycle, or a bitch that is at the point we expect a mating but it doesn't seem likely for some reason or the bitch is overly stressed by the male and becoming aggressive. We have been doing these procedures for over 30 years and on the rare occasions we have resorted to natural A.I. at the vets in most cases there has been a natural mating within 48 hours.

One of our own females a few years back, was on the end of day 18 before she would mate naturally, which is extremely unusual. (most females mate on day 13). This was her first mating so we didn't know what to expect. We got a natural A.I and a progesterone test done on her at the same time. When the results came back 24 hours later they confirmed she wasn't ready yet and she mated naturally at 10.30pm on day 18!

Except in the case of one female with medical reproductive problems (already known to owner), we have never missed a mating with an outside female that has come to our Noonbarra Stud for breeding that has had progesterone tests.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Often we get customers who arrive and are ill prepared. They have no idea of when their bitch came on heat and haven't got a progesterone test and often the female hasn't been mated before. Some are very young females and have never had a heat cycle before. Many have already finished their heat cycle. Others have problems such as vaginal strictures or even infections preventing them from mating.

Additional fees (When applicable):

$20 a day Boarding fee. (Cleaning, feeding, kennelling etc.) Boarding fees are NOT refundable if mating doesn't take place.

$50 for each 2-way trip to any of the Vets in Orange. (Fuel and time).

Additional costs such as progesterone tests, getting the Vet to do a natural A.I (Getting the semen inserted manually) checking for infection or blockages of the female etc. if there seems to be a problem, are only charged at cost. These costs, if needed, are usually around $80 extra.

All this may sound complicated but most services to bitches are not difficult at all and there are no additional charges or need to go to Vets etc. We have been doing this for over three decades and have advice and assistance from many reproduction & veterinary experts and only very rarely are there any hold-ups or complications.


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