Clarjo Farms specializes in preserving the working heritage of Australian Cattle Dogs in the Greater Nations Capital Area. The farm was formed as a suburban homestead in North Carolina in 2014, and moved to its current location in the middle of 2021.
Like most good stories, this one starts with a dog! An Australian Cattle Dog that we picked up out of somebodies back yard. We were content with our suburban setting, using the rabbit and duck that we raised to feed our dogs. That was until we tried him out on livestock. He was a natural, and my world of dog sports and love of farming collided into a new farm that we are building. When I relocated to the DC area for work, I sold the livestock, and focused exclusively on dog sports.
Over the years, I have travelled the East Coast and Midwest, learning the skill of herding on cows, goats, sheep, and poultry from many different clinicians, and at many different farms. And, in April of 2022, I jumped into the conformation ring for the very first time, to show the judges of the world what working Australian Cattle Dogs looked like!
The current incarnation of Clarjo Farms (Winter 2023) consists of five working and show Australian Cattle Dog Bitches, Fiddle, Ukulele, Mazikeen, Azula, and Brie. Clark the Lab, and Migaloo the Samoyed are also along for the ride!
These are the two dogs that were there at the very beginning, Clark (the Clar), and Banjo (the Jo). We lost Banjo in May of 2021, and miss him every day. He was a cuddly couch potato, unless it was time to work, and then he became a force to be reckoned with. I really wish I had the skills to know what to do with it at the time!