“Glen Iris’ is steeped in Dual Purpose Sheep history and pedigree genetics.
A mixed farming operation with a focus on sheep meat and wool production, this 2000 hectare property is situated in the Eurongilly Valley 15km south of Bethungra.
Applying sustainable practices, ‘Glen Iris’ has a diversified approach inclusive of rotational cropping and Angus cattle.
Our continued and progressive sheep breeding programs join around 450 stud Poll ewes annually to breed high quality rams for sale and use within the property’s own self replacing flock of approximately 4,200 ewes. 1,200 ewes are joined to terminal sires.
Initially established as a Corriedale stud by its previous owner Sir Graham Waddell, the property was bought on a walk-in walk-out basis by Ron Forsyth in 1963.
Ron was a prominent stud breeder of Romney Marsh Sheep in Victoria and won numerous prizes at Melbourne Sheepbreeders and other Victorian shows. He also served a term as Federal President of the Romney Marsh Breeders Association.
Ron brought his Romneys to the NSW South West Slopes, but the hot dry summers and autumns wreaked havoc with the wool on their backs. This, coupled with the difficulty in servicing his Victorian clients, led to a decision to sell the Romney stud to a breeder in Gippsland two years later.
During that period, Ron’s son and present owner, Gordon, re-established a Corriedale breeding program with some of the current stock and the purchase of stud ewes and rams in 1965 from Charles Carroll at “Beulah” Stud in Trangie.
Gordon, then in his late teens and heavily involved in the Rural Youth Movement, ran the Corriedale Stud as his rural youth project. He was a regular and successful exhibitor at shows in the NSW South West Slopes area. In time an established clientele was formed for the finer, softer wooled Glen Iris type Corriedales, both locally and also for export to overseas markets including Mexico and Romania.
‘Glen Iris’ joined the newly formed Bond Sheepbreeders Association in 1984 following a property visit and sheep inspection by classer/advocate Bill Mildren. Bond Sheepbreeders Association was a body of visionary and progressive breeders and fit well with the open flock policy adopted by ‘Glen Iris’. With the folding of the Bond Sheepbreeders Association “Glen Iris” has now moved to the Poll name with a continued focus on breeding profitable, easy care sheep that provide multiple income streams.
The open flock approach facilitates the benchmarking of outside genetics against the performance of our own tested sheep and has allowed us to increase the rate of progress in specific traits.
For the past 50 years ‘Glen Iris’ has focused on developing sheep that are profitable, easy care and provide multi income streams. The quality wool clip, fast maturing, high yielding lambs and valuable surplus ewes provide producers the diversity required in commercial sheep production.
Our breeding objective has focused on breeding an uncomplicated, easy care type of sheep with real commercial relevance.
Structure and temperament are extremely important. Our sheep are open faced, with a broad back and meaty frame. The individual traits we place the greatest importance on in our selections are growth rate, fertility, fleece weight, eye muscle depth and micron, and our results over the life of our breeding program speak volumes.
The pursuit of excellence is a family borne passion. Gordon and Jill Forsyth have been joined at Glen Iris Polls by Daniel and Fiona Rankin (son-in-law and daughter) and Malcolm and Jessica Forsyth (son and daughter-in-law).
Daniel and Fiona are passionate about and assist in the stud and commercial sheep operations at ‘Glen Iris’, while Malcolm and Jessica manage the cropping and pasture improvement program.