- 28,455 UK pound(s) sterling
- United Kingdom (Dolgellau)
A 12-month-old female red-and-white border collie called Kim commanded £28,455 ($38,893; including buyer's premium) at an online auction organized by Farmers Marts in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales, UK, on 3 February 2021. The hammer price before the 5% premium was added was £27,100 ($37,040). Kim was reared and trained by farmer and sheepdog triallist Dewi Jenkins (UK) of Talybont, near Aberystwyth, and was purchased by E Vaughan from Staffordshire, UK.
This bettered the price of another female Welsh sheepdog sold the previous year: Henna realized £20,000 ($26,088) at an online sale organized by Skipton Auction Mart in North Yorkshire, UK, on 13 October 2020. Henna was reared by breeder and triallist Kevin Evans (UK) of Llwynfedwen Farm near Brecon.
What makes this sale even more incredible is Kim's young age, with the hammer falling just one day prior to her turning one year old. However, Mr Jenkins said that Kim's intelligence and experience was more akin to a three-year-old sheepdog: "She was doing everything - she worked cattle and sheep, she was ready for any trials or farm work for anybody,"