⇒⇒ Order your Lamb now for Greek Easter, April 8, 2018
⇒⇒ Custom-Processed Lamb — Our Farm to Your Table
⇒⇒ 2018 4-H Project (Market) Lambs for Your County & State Fair
⇒⇒ Registered Suffolk Breeding Stock is available
⇒⇒ 4-H Ewe Lamb Leasing Program
Our Farm specializes in the following 12 areas:
Important: Order now for your Greek Easter Lamb. We have a limited supply. Greek Easter is early this year — April 8, 2018. Call to discuss if you want your lamb taken to the butcher shop — or you’ll take a live lamb home. Call: 301-371-4111.
1. Custom-Processed Lamb — call or email to discuss and order — farm-fresh lamb for individual customers. Our lambs are custom-processed, vacuum-sealed, and labeled at Hemp’s Meats, in Jefferson, MD 21755. Website: Hemp’s Meats, Jefferson, MD We’ve been workng with Hemp’s to do our processing for the past 30+ years. Click on our “How to Purchase” tab to order a lamb. Recommend ordering your lamb weeks in advance. A Crown Rack of Lamb, or Double English Loin Chops, and 1½” thick Rib Chops are great for that special dinner party. Order early — Hemp’s is very busy in the Fall months. By November, lambs born in February and March will be 9-10 months old.
. Sweet Italian Lamb Sausage and Maple Brown Sugar Lamb Sausage. Available in 1 lb. to 1.5 lb. packages — 4 links per package — $11.00 lb. Call to order: 301-371-4111.
. One great way to BBQ a lamb. For information on China Box Roasters, click on: China Box Roasters — available at Home Depot and on-line. Also, Google “China Box Cookers” — for a list of resources, recipes, making your own China Box, etc.
2. 4-H Project or Market Lambs. (also called 4-H Club Lambs): Need a Market Lamb for your 4-H Project? Call to arrange to visit, evaluate and pick-out your 2018 4-H Project Lambs to be shown at your County and State Fairs. We have a very good selection of wethers to choose from.
3. 4-H Lamb Leasing Program. We lease (loan) registered ewe or ram lambs to a 4-H’er to raise and show at their County Fair. Then the 4-H family returns the lamb after their County Fair — and transfers the lamb’s registration papers back to us. Interested — call us — 301-371-4111.
. We follow-up with 4-H’ers and their parents: We follow-up and are glad to help families who purchase our 4-H Project Lambs and breeding stock. When a 4-H’er has a question, problem — halter breaking, exercising, what to feed, lamb not eating, high temperature, shots, rate of gain, anything — call for assistance. We should be able to save you a vet call.
4. Registered Ewe and Ram Breeding Stock is available. We kept 16 – 2016 registered Suffolk ewe lambs as replacement stock — now yearling ewes, weighing 220 to 240 lbs. — all are registered — bred and will have their first lambs starting in February, 2018. We’ll kept 13 – 2017 ewe lambs as our 2019 replacement stock. Click on the “Sires & Breeding Ewes” tab for up-to-date information on our breeding rams.
. Registered 2018 Show Lambs & Yearlings: Registered 2018 ewe lambs, 2018 ram lambs, and 2017 yearlings available for your County and State Fairs. Also have a few Suffolk/Hampshire crossbred ewes.
5. If you require On-Farm Processing — ⇓⇓ contact the two farms listed below — they have the proper on-farm slaughter facilities ⇓⇓: Lambs, goats, sheep can be purchased at these two farms — and processed on the farms. You must know how to properly kill a lamb or goat — and clean-up all the parts of an animal. Or, the owner will kill the lamb or goat for you.
. ⇒ ⇒ Call these two farms ⇓⇓. We do not have the needed slaughter and wash-up facilities for on-farm processing. ⇐ ⇐
(a) Caanan Run Farm, Westminster, Carroll County, MD. Excellent resource. Farm has the proper on-farm processing facilities to process lambs, goats, and sheep. Believe they charge $2.80 to $3.50 lb., live wt. Not sure if they have chickens. Phone Earl Gouker: 1-443-506-5243. Address: 1661 Old Westminster Pike, Westminster, MD 21157. Use MapQuest for directions.
(b) Mill Creek Farm, Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Virginia. Excellent resource. Only has lambs, no goats. Farm has the proper facilities for on-farm processing of lambs. Farm has no goats, chickens, ducks, etc. Phone Donnie Ulmer: 1-540-822-4181
6. We Provide Ewe Breeding Services. For shepherds with very small flocks and just a few ewes — where the shepherd does not want to own and maintain a ram. Since we have 5-6 rams to choose from — you have access to our very good ram genetics to help improve your flock. For more information — go to the “Sires & Breeding Ewes” tab. The maintenance cost to feed a full-grown Suffolk or Hampshire ram is at least $350.00 per year. For small flocks, it’s usually not worthwhile to own a ram.
. Contact Us to Schedule Breeding Services for your Ewes in the summer of 2018 — for your 2019 Spring lambs.
- In the summer of 2018 — call to set-up breeding dates for your ewes, based on when you want lambs to be born in 2019.
- For 2018 — breeding costs are the same: $70.00 per ewe, plus the same $1.00 day for hay, grain, worming if needed, any shots needed, and minor vet care that we can take care of.
- Ewe must be in good shape — not too fat, or very thin, must be sheared, feet trimmed, up-to-date on CD&T shots, wormed, no foot problems, no Ring Worm, and no skin infections that are contagious.
- If an aged ewe — did she lamb the prior year? We’ll help to bring your ewe into heat.
- The plan is to begin breeding by August 25, 2018 — for late January and February 2019 lambs.
7. 2018 Greek Easter is April 8, 2018 Order early, hopefully, we’ll have 70-90 lb. lambs. We’ll take the lamb to Hemp’s Meats. Customer picks up their cleaned lamb carcass by Saturday, April 7. New customers — a $100.00 deposit is required — mail your check to Peter Vorac. Address is in the “Contact” tab. Note: Greek Easter is earlier in 2018: April 8, 2018 — so plan ahead.
Next year — Greek Easter is April 28, 2019.
8. Need some sheep and goat equipment? We’re a Dealer for 3 Sheep & Goat Livestock Equipment Manufacturers: call or send an email with your questions — we’ll assist with your planning — and to place an order. We’ve been using Sydell steel equipment for over 30 years. It lasts. Open these 3 websites and enjoy.
(a) Dealer for Sydell Sheep & Goat Equipment: http://www.sydell.com
(b) Dealer for All Aluminum Livestock Equipment: http://allaluminum.com
(c) Dealer for Riverside Plastics livestock feed troughs: http://rsicalfsystems.com/hanging_feeders.php
9. Ram Leasing Services. If a ram is available — we can lease a breeding ram to an experienced shepherd with a small flock.
10. We’re a resource and encourage on-going communications with fellow shepherd’s, all customers, the 4-H’ers we work with — and especially new farmers, who are considering raising sheep and goats.
11. Sheep Manure — Compost, pick-up truck load, $25.00. Pick-up trucks with 8′ beds hold 3-4 cubic yards — we’ll load your truck or trailer — or, you can purchase smaller amounts.
12. Arrange to visit the farm. See a working farm, bottle feed and hold a lamb, help feed the sheep. Thinking about raising sheep — we can discuss possible breeds to select? It all depends on many factors — your interests, land, barns, water, pasture, fencing, meat breed sheep, or wool breed sheep — what you would like to develop. Call to make arrangements.
Welcome to Our Farm
Vorac Suffolks & 4-H Club Lambs, at Castle Hill Farm, is a Suffolk sheep breeder and lamb producer located in Jefferson, Maryland (southwest of Frederick), in Frederick County, Maryland. The owners are Peter & Kelly Vorac.
We believe in a dual purpose sheep. Our goal is to produce Suffolk sheep that excel in the traits that have made the breed popular, producing fast growing lambs, with well-muscled carcass composition.
Also important in our balanced-trait approach are:
- Maternal Performance — ewe must milk well, watch over her lambs, no bottle babies.
- Structural Soundness — good udders, growthy, and good loin eye measurements.
- Structural Correctness and Eye Appeal — no defects in legs, hocks, mouth, no false teats, etc. Vorac Suffolks look flashy in the show ring with thick loins and full legs.
- Exceptional Lamb Carcasses — well muscled, good size lamb chops, racks, steaks and roasts.
We specialize in either whole or half custom-processed lambs, 4-H club lambs, and registered breeding stock. 90% to 95% of our flock are RR at Codon 171 for genetic resistance to scrapie. All sheep are NN and carry the spider-free genotype.
Give us a call. Come out to visit, see the baby lambs — and talk “sheep”. Establish on-going communications. We have a pitchfork with your name on it.
Our farm was settled in 1813 and originally owned by Judge Dewalt Willard and his family, from Frederick, Maryland. The Willard’s named the farm Castle Hill Farm. The farm is located in the beautiful Middletown Valley, north of Burkittsville and south of Middletown, Maryland.
We are the 4th. owners from the original land grant in the late 1700’s..
The farm was a dairy farm up to the late 1960’s, when Emery Ahalt (former owner) stopped milking and sold his dairy herd. The farm was then leased out to Ford Harwood, the neighboring dairy farm to the north — up to when we purchased the farm.
Our farm is a working farm with sheep, lambs, barn owls, bee hives, barn swallows, a fish pond, at times beef cattle, clean, well-managed pastures, a rotational grazing system, various soil conservation practices, too much work, not enough money — and fences that need fixing. The farm is managed by border collies Frisk and Shelby, who watch over the ewes and lambs. Mia, our third border collie, recently passed away and is buried on the farm.