||Odds and Ends
Dunlop Park Stud Angus in 1975 was
based on the purchase of 2 proven females Springvale Spartan and
Springvale Wyee - and a three-year-old
bull, Springvale Raleigh, a son of the New Zealand sire, Elomest 4 of
Mangatoro, and the matron, Springvale
Ellen 2, whose family traced to the noted Terinallum Spara. In 1976 11
more Springvale cows and heifer
calves with Terinallum, Currawidgen, Kahlua and Wambanumba bloodlines
were added to the stud. It was in
this year that the sire Burn Tally, bred at Robert Tout's Wambanumba
stud and owned by his daughter
Elizabeth White, was purchased by Dunlop Park. In 1977 Roy Nicholas
allowed us the pick of his 20 top
females and so it can be said that Dunlop Park is the continuation of a
line of Angus cattle first begun in
1948. It wasn’t long before Dunlop Park entered the Show
Ring in Tasmania and success soon followed. A son of Burn Tally, Dunlop
Park Winston, was judged Junior
champion Angus Bull and reserve grand Angus champion Angus bull at the
1979 Hobart Royal Show and another bull Dunlop Park Watson, by
Wambamumba Sterling, was grand
champion Angus Bull at
the Devonport Show.
The 1980’s - Consolidation, Change and the Canadian Influence
The cattle industry had been changing rapidly since the mid 1970’s and there was an increasing demand for bigger faster growing animals. The aim at Dunlop Park was always to achieve this without losing the traditional Angus animal in shape, structure and carcase quality. The first step towards this aim was the purchase in the early 1980's of Noranda Glowman then the top Angus reference sire in Australia. This was followed with an A.I. program using several Canadian sires. These included Kenalta McHenry who was used for milk and growth and Riverbend Jupiter used for muscle.
The 1990’s – The AI influence
From the mid eighties onwards there was a major influx of United States genetics into Australia and at the time this seemed to be the way ahead. We were one of the first Australian studs to use QAS Traveler 23-4 who added milk, growth and marbling to our cattle. Our success with Traveler prompted us to try other AI sires and over a number of years we used AI sires such as VDAR New Trend 802, VDAR Lucys Boy 101, TCA Jackpot 6807, KMA Highroller 5025, Congaree Sleep Easy E27 and GT Maxwell 362. These were used with varying degrees of success, however VDAR New Trend sired a bull who had a great positive effect on our herd Dunlop Park Randolph R22. Stud breeding is an art as well as a science and we used these bulls in a different way to many studs. Rather than keeping out-crossing to a new AI sure each year we would choose a son of an AI sire to use as a stud sire and use this bull extensively in the herd. We believe that it is only in this way that a gain can be consolidated. However a concern that the industry was becoming dominated by these American lines and that the genetic base was narrowing has led us to look elsewhere for introductions to the herd.
Into The Twenty First Century
As we moved into the 21st century we have returned to using predominately Australian bulls with some New Zealand bulls as well. We have been concerned to get away from the narrow range of bulls that currently predominate the industry and to offer something that is a genuine alternative. By this we mean bloodlines that are far removed from the currently popular bulls but still offering the features that our customers need to have a profitable and successful breeding herd. We have used Dunoon Reagan and more recently two sires from Peter Grieves’ Talooby Stud in New South Wales have had a major influence on the Dunlop Park Herd. The bulls Talooby Westminster, and his follow up Talooby Zulu were chosen as they had all the features we require in our breeding program. Talooby Zulu has what we believe to be the ideal frame size for Angus cattle. In recent years we have used some semen from the British bull Netherton Lord Jordan and his progeny have outstanding width and growth.
For more details on sires currently being used in our herd, visit our Reference Sires page.
For some more information on the Dunlop Park
We believe the strengths of the Dunlop Park cattle are:
* Calving ease
* Alternative bloodlines to those normally available
* Traditional Angus but with growth
* Structural Soundness
* Outstanding feed efficiency
* Do-ability under all Tasmanian production systems