Kelpies are Australian sheepdogs that are most commonly used to muster and drove sheep, cattle and goats. The first Kelpie was recorded in 1872, named “Kelpie” after a folkloric water spirit in Celtic mythology and there are now thought to be 2-3 million Kelpies in the world, many working as farm dogs. Kelpies have a natural instinct for herding livestock and are very easy to train so they are often a crucial part of livestock management in farms throughout Australia and abroad. As well as Working Kelpies, there are also Show Kelpies which are classified as a seperate variety due to the difference in their appearance which is prioritised over their working abilities.
Our Kelpies, Rasa and Indi, are pure bred Working Kelpies, so they could be trained to herd our sheep and cattle, but they prefer to walk around the deck, greeting visitors and getting pats! They are both named after places Sue, Greg, Sam and Sophie have visited while travelling, Rasa being named after our favourite beach resort in Thailand, Buri Rasa, and Indi being short for India where we had an amazing trip in 2012. Rasa is Indi’s mum and even though she’s 9, she’s still a youthful dog who loves the constant buzz of visitors at the farm. Indi is very curious and follows you around the farm no matter what you’re doing - picking vegetables from the Produce Paddock, doing work around the dam… Indi is always there watching over the farm, making sure everything is running smoothly! They both love pats so feel free to give them a little ear scratch if you see them wandering around the farm!