OUR AIM IS TO PRODUCE A BOLD BUT CALM UTILITY DOG
Established and operated by Adam and Kellie Thomas. Situated in the Shire of Three Springs 330km north of Perth CBD, located within the sheep and grain belt of the central west of Western Australia.
The Delamak Kelpie Stud is run on “Hill Padua”, a 10, 000 hectare property consisting of broad acre cropping and sheep. 4, 000 hectares are cropped annually with rotations of wheat, barley, canola, lupins, field peas and the odd Oat crop. Leaving the remainder of the property to run 3,200 “Multi-Purpose Merino” Ewes. These ewes are mated annually, with 800 of these Artificially Inseminated.
The “Hill Padua MPM” Sheep enterprise consists of an intense selection and assessment process, providing the dogs with ample opportunity to work. Many different situations are encountered through every day duties including mustering and moving mobs, to yard work with classing and drenching etc. As the ewes are shorn twice a year this gives the dog plenty of opportunity to gain experience in the shed to compliment their paddock work.
Although relatively a new stud, registered in 2008 with the Working Kelpie Council of Australia. Delamak Kelpies have a small nucleus of dogs consisting of prominent bloodlines from across Australia. Some of our dogs have National Champions in their bloodlines. Our aim for our breeding with these various bloodlines is to produce a bold but calm utility type kelpie. Attributes include cover, break and natural distance, as well as strong walk up strength and force when it is needed for sheep work. In saying this, our dogs must also hold a quiet and happy nature to fit in with our young family.
After trying a few different “run of the mill” cheap dogs to no avail, we purchased a bitch from the Yarralonga Stud naming her Ruby to reflect her, and what a little gem she was to be. To see how much of a difference a well-bred dog can chieve as opposed to a “flash in the pan” dog. A sire was sort after, and Delamak Kelpies was born.
Adam completed his High school years at Ag College, furthering his education by attending University, resulting in a Bachelor of Agriculture. During the semester breaks Adam would seek work on various farms and Stations located around WA, giving him an extensive exposure and solid knowledge to a wide range of animal husbandry. Encouraging him to breed his own work dogs, making the prospect of sheep work easier and more enjoyable.
Over the years Adam has attended many training days, and researched bloodlines to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of these Kelpies. Bearing in mind the attributes needed by selecting the right mating to carry on, the main goal is to produce a dog that has the natural ability to work.