The Glenlea Park Merino Stud was founded by Glen Wallis in 1964 on Mt Glenview bloodlines. It continued as a Collinsville daughter stud for the next 25 years, becoming renown for its large framed, heavy cutting sheep.
Peter Wallis joined his father Glen on the stud in 1992 and Bill Walker Classings Ltd was employed as stud classer and consultant. In an attempt to improve wool quality, fertility and type, a shift in breeding was made and sires and semen was sought from Charinga, Gowandale, Leachim and Wallaloo Park. Impacts were evident very early and cull rates progressively lessened.
Glenlea Park is based at Pinnaroo in the South Australian Murray Mallee in 13inch rainfall country. From its inception its focus has been firmly on large framed, good constitution sheep. Glenlea Park has proven, with results, that it can combine this big frame "SA type" sheep with elite crimpy wool that cuts well, all on a thin skin.
Glenlea Park rams are being sought for their true dual purpose qualities by studs and commercial clients alike, with rams and semen being sold in SA, Vic, NSW and WA.
Glenlea Park is solely a Merino sheep enterprise and no income is derived from cropping. Sheep that look good but do not deliver are culled as profit through performance recording is the driver of decision making.
Peter and Marianne Wallis continue to manage the Glenlea Park stud and welcomed James to the family in February 2009 and Nathaniel in July 2011.