California Red are medium-wool meat and wool sheep developed
in 1970. They are a cross between Barbados and Tunis sheep.
Mature rams weigh 225 to 250 pounds and ewes range from 130
to 150 pounds. Both sexes are naturally hornless. Lambs are born a solid rust
or cinnamon red color, a color that is retained as they mature.
At maturity, their fleeces turn a beige or oatmeal color.
Their legs and faces are free of wool with long pendulous ears. Their wool is
silky in texture and has found a specialty market with hand-spinners and
weavers. They breed all year-round.