The Shear Perfection Ranch Story
Jerry & Lyn Brown
Shear Perfection Ranch was
born in 1989, when our kids came to us wanting to get a different breed of sheep for their 4H projects. Eirann
(then age 15), Darcy (10) and Jared (6) combed through sheep books trying to decide what they wanted. Finally they
came upon "Raising Sheep the Modern Way" and two paragraphs and a black and white photo caused love at first
was our problem; how do we find this breed? We checked with local ag agents, searched the net, asked local
shepherds…no one had ever heard of California Red Sheep. Then we called the American Sheep Industry in Colorado…who
had the same answer as everyone else. "We've never heard of California Red Sheep, but, if they're from California
call these people." We were given three or four numbers and after several phone calls we reached someone from the
ag dept. of UC at Davis. He gave us a brief review of Dr. Spurlock's project and the phone number for Mike &
Janice Altomare in Merced, CA.
purchased four exposed ewes [264 Donnah, 271 Fancy, 274 Simone and 197 Candy] sight unseen from Mike & Janice
and transported them home to New Mexico. No babies arrived so we decided we had to get a ram for our girls. This
resulted in another phone call to Mike & Janice and before long 384 Shameless and two more ewes [314 Evie &
328 Paulette] were headed to AZ with Tom Sellers along with a couple ewes for the DeKeiffers in Colorado. Jerry was
working in AZ at the time and brought our new group the rest of the way.
had a great time showing their California Reds which resulted in some great successes [see Memorable Animals below]
and some real frustrations. Eirann and Shameless appeared on the Morning TV show in Pueblo, CO, where he was a
perfect gentleman until the camera left him and then he flooded their stage area. Wherever they went to show, the
Reds always drew attention, a crowd favorite, even if they weren't always the judge's favorite.
years later we received a phone call that the Williams' out of Colorado wanted to disperse their herd of CA Reds.
We weren't prepared to purchase the entire herd, so we teamed up with the Jones' out of Moriarty NM to split the
herd. The Jones' picked up the herd and we met at their place to divvy them up. What we didn't anticipate was that
the Williams' had not recorded numbers of babies and what mom's they went to. We spent several hours in a blizzard
holding babies and then letting them go to see which mother they went to. At last we had everyone matched up and
loaded our half and headed for home. Notables in this herd were: the ram 147 Titan, and ewe 184
around 1997 or 1998 we purchased another dispersal herd from the Sweeney's in Idaho. We gained lots of wonderful
bloodlines from this purchase the most notable of which were: Rams-543 Sundance, 780 Chance and 882 Taos and
Ewes-725 Callie, 406 Tuesday, 726 Jasmine, 454 Trudy, 625 Willow and 408 Polly.
a few other small purchases here and there including another group of yearlings from the Altomares in 2003. But
since 2003 we have maintained a virtually closed herd and stand 5-7 rams to maintain diversity in
sold California Reds from the West Coast to the East Coast and have met lots of wonderful people in the
memorable sale was 64 head to the United Arab Emirates. We could not fill the order by ourselves, so Jerry called
around and located other breeders with animals for sale and trucked them back to our ranch where we keep them
quarantined from our own animals. Eventually we delivered them to San Angelo TX and they were flown out of Chicago
airport to the UAE. All the animals arrived safe and healthy. On last report from the exporter, the California Reds
were tolerating the 140 degree summers very well.
flew two rams to Canada; a very interesting process since 911.
384 Shameless-He was a
beautiful ram with a slight attitude. He wasn't really fond of any people except our oldest daughter, Eirann. For
Eirann he would do anything. He stood Grand Champion Other Breeds Ram at Colorado State Fair and was 3rd in the
Overall Grand Champion Class.
Titan-Titan was a mellow old boy when we got him. We found several niches with certain ewe bloodlines that produced
nice big ewe lambs. And with Evie he produced Curly Sue.
Sundance-When Sundance arrived from Idaho, he weighed a whopping 285 lbs. and had rolls of fat. We slimmed him down
to 250#. He was the longest, tallest and most mellow ram we have ever owned. He left us way too soon as a result of
a snake bite.
Taos-This beautiful Sundance ram when bred to Curly Sue, gave us our most prolific ram, Tank.
Tank-This son of Sundance and Curly Sue produced the largest babies of any ram we have ever owned. His average
single was 11lb and his twins were often 10lbs each. Big healthy lambs were his trademark. With 725 Callie produced
Supreme Grand Champion Ram Harvest Sheep & Fiber Festival, Humvie.
Ivanhoe-Not as big as his grandfather, but what a producer. Great disposition. He has 8 rams in the registry to
date: How's Bayou, Hocus-Pocus, Zubber Dude, San Antonio, The Grateful Red, Hail to the Sheep, Rude Dude and
Candy-Candy was the widest ewe, she looked like she was carrying lambs even when she wasn't. Very, very dark
Donnah-Had the most compelling eyes and knew how to use them. Won best fleece at show and passed it on to her
offspring. She was a light red, almost Palomino color.
Simone-Sweet Simone, if you were in the yard, she was by your side. She was so special. She had her last lamb at
age 11 and didn't get milk, we bottle fed him but she still raised him. She would bring him to the fence for
feeding and wait for him and then walk proudly back to the pasture with him.
dark beauty, she stood Reserve Grand Champion Ewe at the Colorado State Fair. She behaved so well for the whole
show. That evening, she accompanied Eirann in the Ladies Lead Contest. She was jumping almost 6 ft straight up all
the way around the ring. She was awarded the Most Stubborn Ewe Award.
Sue-Evie's hard luck daughter was born in a 22 below blizzard. Her twin brother died of hyperthermia and she lost
her ears and tail to frostbite. She gave us lots of beautiful lambs including the incomparable
Callie-This is one I wish I hadn't sold. She produced Humvie, Excalibur and Disrupter.
Tuesday-My triplet producer. She gave birth to three sets of triplets and I think 5 sets of twins during her
lifetime. And she passed the triplet gene to her daughters.
Jasmine-The best mother and a well conformed ewe. Mother of Jess, Rhexx Ronin, and Jaina
Trudy-This ewe was not only beautiful and sweet, she was the strongest willed ewe I have ever seen. In her prime
she weighed over 200#. At age 11, she had a stroke while delivering her triplets. For three weeks, she was unable
to rise. We kept working with his moving her legs and we kept her triplets with her. She eventually was able to get
to her feet and struggled with getting her legs to work, but she eventually was walking almost normally. She lived
for five years more. We never bred her again, but she became Grandma Trudy. She was always surrounded by lambs even
to the day she died. She will always have a special place in our hearts.
Willow-Willow the Pillow. We never mention her without thinking of her babies, who always slept on top of
Polly-One of our most prolific ewes. Fiercely independent. If the rest of the herd was going to the north field
Polly was headed south.
EweKnowWho-Born to 12 year old Rumor, who did not get her milk in, EweKnowWho was bottle raised. When the Daniels called us about purchasing CA
Reds, I tried to convince him that he should take this ewe for his kids to show. She was just one of those
lambs that drew your eye. Mr. Daniels was adamant; he did not want a bottle lamb. I finally convinced him;
after all she would be weaned by the time he got here to pick her up. EweKnowWho ended up taking Grand
Champion Ewe West Tennessee Expo at six months of age over older ewes.