The South Glynde Southdown stud was registered by Dee Nolan and her husband, John Southgate, in 2014. Southdowns have returned to Gum Park after an absence of nearly half a century. Dee’s father, Ray, used them as a terminal sire for prime lambs and now Dee and John breed them as part of small, mixed organic farm. The renewed demand for Southdown-sired prime lamb reflects their value as a early maturing prime lamb sire and their progeny’s excellent meat to bone ratio which is ideal for the growing consumer demand for smaller quality meat joints.
The modern-day flock at Gum Park started with twenty-two ewes and two rams purchased from Fincham Burando in 2007. The flock has steadily increased in size and new sires from award-winning studs, Chandpara and Fairbank have been introduced. As well, Dee and John are breeding a small flock of Babydolls – the name by which the original, mid-20th-century Southdowns are now known. Because of their compact size, and placid nature, they are easily managed and ideally proportioned for grazing under the olive trees in the Nolans Road groves.
South Glynde recognizes the pioneering vision of English master breeder, John Ellman, who developed today’s breed over 200 years ago. He farmed at the Sussex village of Glynde. The breed originated from the South Downs in Sussex. Ellman’s dedicated efforts transformed the sturdy, hardy, thrifty heath sheep into a fine-wooled, excellent prime lamb sire. It became the founder and improver of a whole family of short wool sheep which would become highly sought after not only in Britain but overseas, especially in Australia and New Zealand.
Dee Nolan and John Southgate
PO Box 1105, Naracoorte, SA 5271
Phone +61 411 375 534
*Certified Organic NASAA 5171