Ballet background prompts Dorper interest

Retirement leads to sheep success


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Wirlinga Park scoops Dorper pool

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Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe: Wirlinga Park 10049.

Senior Champion White Dorper Ewe: Wirlinga Park 10049

Senior Reserve Champion White Dorper Ewe: Nomuula 150098

Junior Champion White Dorper Ewe: Davemm Hill  150065

Junior Reserve Champion White Dorper Ewe: Wirlinga Park 161169

A background in ballet teaching has given a winning edge to an Albury White Dorper stud, which has again taken top honors at the Bendigo Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

Wirlinga Park Dorpers took out the Grand Champion White Dorper Ewe ribbon, along with the junior and senior prizes as well.

Stud joint principal Julie Glinski said she and husband Grant started the dorper stud, three years ago.

“My husband retired from corporate life, and we bought a farm,” Ms Glinski said.

”We were looking for an easy care sheep, we have cattle, but we felt they would be too difficult for me to manage, my husband was not well and I could look after them on my own.

“I researched heavily to find the best breed to suit that standard, and I picked White Dorpers, in the first instance, because they have a beautiful temperament, and they are easy care, and they thrive.”

But she said her background, 40 years as a ballet teacher, also came to the fore, when it came to chosing the Dorper.

“For me it was all about balance, and line and bodies and proportion, I figured, in that way would I could pick a sheep.

“They are a wonderful sheep for a commercial farmer, or hobby farmer, for that reason.”

The June 2015 drop ewe weighed 92kilograms, had 41mm of muscle and 7mm of fat.

Ms Glinski said Wirlinga currently ran a flock of 700, having built it up with judicious purchases of top quality animals.

“It’s an easy care meat breed, no shearing, no mulesing, I am needing to be able to do it myself, as I am not getting any younger, and the breed attracted me, because of its easy care and its high fertility, and its working.

Ms Glinski said the region had it’s “worst season ever” but the Dorpers had come through.

“I would put it down to buying good quality sheep in the first instance, this has been bred to thrive in suboptimal conditions, its surviving, when others around us are floundering.”

Last year, Wirlinga Park White Dorpers achieved top price ($8000) for a White Dorper ram, and won two champion ewe ribbons in the White Dorper section as well as being the most successful White Dorper exhibitor for the second successive year.

It follows on from a successful debut at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show in 2014.

Wirlinga Park also  bought the top-priced ewe – Dell Dorpers 130077 offered by Dell Dorpers, Moama.

The ewe was sired by Dell Dorpers 1100-46 and from African FD092 (ET).

The Glinski’s started their flock with a parcel of ewes from Terraweena Dorper Stud near Toowoomba.

“We bought several daughters of a ram called Loftus that sold to Brazil for $45,000,” Mrs Glinski told Fairfax media, last year. 

Then they bought the 2012 two-tooth winner at the Dubbo national sale and last year’s national champion, Ballimore, from Amarula Dorpers at Gravesend, near Moree.

See the video of Wirlinga Park’s Alex Morris.

WIRLINGA WINNERS: Wirlinga Park, Albury's Julie Glinski, daughter Alex Morris and the winning White Dorper ewes. Picture: Andrew Miller.

WIRLINGA WINNERS: Wirlinga Park, Albury's Julie Glinski, daughter Alex Morris and the winning White Dorper ewes. Picture: Andrew Miller.

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