Some people have guardian donkeys, llamas, dogs, etc. I have one wether, Palomino. He acts just like a llama and he is most definitely the guardian of this small flock.
These are the 5 ewe lambs. Buffy (California Red cross), Blackie (something cross) and 3 Blackbelly barbs. I don't care for black sheep and the blackbellies are too slow in growing, but extremely hardy.
Why consider California Reds?
The desirable traits of this relatively new breed is many fold ...
WOOL is beige or oatmeal colored with hairs, ranging from gold to dark cinnamon red, intermixed throughout. Due to the silky feel of the wool, along with the unique visual texture of the contrasting hairs, it is no surprise that it is sought after by hand spinners and weavers. The staple length is usually three to six inches and measures in the 50 to 60's by the Bradford count, 30's micron count.
TROUBLE FREE BREEDING & LAMBING --The reproductive characteristics of California Reds are also quite favorable. The rams are very active even in the hot summer months making year round breeding an option for many sheep raisers. The quiet, gentle and dedicated mothering nature of the ewes results in very few lambing or lamb-raising problems. Due to ample milk production, nursing lambs have very good weight gain even though twins are normally produced.
MEAT -- The meat from California Reds is unequaled in tenderness and taste. Along with a delicate flavor, their meat also contains significantly less fat than that of the more common sheep breeds. High quality meat production along with year round breeding is a winning combination for any sheep raiser, large or small.