WORKING dog breeders are facing major changes with a new code of practice being introduced from next month.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries will introduce the new Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses on April 11.
The region’s dog breeders fear the harsh regulations the industry will face could spell disaster for the future of working dog breeds, and the annual Casterton Kelpie Auction.
Former Casterton Kelpie Association chairwoman, Nancy Withers has been breeding dogs for 40 years and has bloodlines spanning 11 generations.
She now faces a choice between managing a sheep and cattle property and her 40-year breeding career.
“It is almost physically and financially impossible to work full time on a property and breed any number of dogs under this code,” she said.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.