History in the
Founders of California Red
and Paulette Soulier
In 1975 Aime and Paulette saw their first red lambs. These lambs were at the home of their
friends Glen and JoAnne Tomlinson who had received them from a Dr. Spurlock who had attempted to develop a
wool free breed of sheep with a large carcass. Dr. Spurlock having failed in his attempt at wool free gave the
sheep to the Tomlinson's. Aime and Paulette were intrigued by them and they decided to purchase three adult
sheep, a ram Big Red #2 and two ewes #313 and #316 (all original crosses Tunis x Barbados). They brought them
to the Pierce Ranch and over the next two years they purchased the First crosses that were born on the
Tomlinson's ranch as well as more of the original cross flock.
In 1978 they contacted Dr. Spurlock for his advise about improving the wool and body size. Dr.
Spurlock suggested breeding back to a Tunis ram. At this time Paulette and Dr. Spurlock collaborated on
calling the emerging breed California Red Sheep.
In 1979 the Souliers
purchased two Tunis rams, Tempete #926 from New York and Big Shot #328 from Pennsylvania as well as five Barbados
ewes from California (#1, 2, 3, 49 and 50). They also purchased the last of the original cross flock from the
Tomlinsons, which consisted of nine ewes and a ram Big Red #1.
In 1983 they bought another
Tunis ram Cesar #1841 from New York. At one point they had 180 ewes and six to seven rams. During this period they
had to cull many sheep due to the black markings we refer to as "badger face".
The very first "true"
California Red ram born on the Pierce Ranch was Don Juan. He was born on September 20, 1980 and given to Alice
Gardner in Dixon, CA for her new flock of California Red Sheep.
The most memorable sheep for
the Souliers were Boy Reg. 1, Romeo Reg 15 and a ewe flock #24.
Boy was a large framed stocky
ram, born on March 25, 1981. He was gentle with the ewes. He produced 21 registered ewes and two registered rams in
his time. They had Boy until the early 1990's.
Romeo born on November 15,
1983 had a beautiful mane but was mean with the ewes. Because of his temperament they put him down when he was 5
Paulette was amazed with Ewe
#24 which produced triplets each year.