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The Tux South Island & New Zealand Championship sheep dog trials at Meadowbank station near Blenheim attract more than 300 competitors from around New Zealand.

Heading dog Jack wrote himself into the history books on Thursday when he sold for a record $10,000 at an auction in Canterbury.

While it was a price fit to make townie eyes water, New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Association president Pat Coogan said a good dog would be worth every dollar.

“The price farmers are willing to pay for a good dog has increased dramatically over the last 10 years,” he said.

“They’re recognised as a really valuable tool and even a middle-of-the-road working dog will be $3000 to $4000.”

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Those animals could be developed into something special in the right hands but others were instinctively better working dogs.

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