Vorac Suffolks

Custom-processed lamb
4-H club lambs
Registered breeding stock
Ewe breeding services

5814 Broad Run Road
Jefferson, MD 21755
Phone: 301-371-4111
Email: pvorac@comcast.net

Registered Suffolk and Suffolk/Hampshire Breeding Stock is available  —  Schedule a date to look over many excellent 2017 Ewe Lambs and Ram Lambs  —  It’s summer BBQ time, order your BBQ lamb  — Arrange to visit the Farm

Our Farm specializes in the following:

.  Custom-Processed, farm-fresh lamb for individual customers — we’re taking orders now:    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.

.  Would you like a 2017 Custom-Processed Lamb?:    Order early — don’t wait till the last minute.   Hemp’s is very busy — and at times we have to schedule 8 to 10 weeks in advance.   We’re taking orders for Lambs to be processed this Summer and Fall.   All our custom-processed lambs are no more than 10-11 months of age.

.  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.

.  4-H Project or Market Lambs:    (also called 4-H Club Lambs):   Call to arrange to visit, evaluate and pick-out your 4-H project lambs to be shown at your County and State Fairs.   We have a very good selection of wethers to choose from.

.  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, 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.

.  Registered Ewe and Ram Breeding Stock:    We have a few 2016 registered ewe lambs available — now yearling ewes.   They’re around 180-200 lbs. — and should finish at 210-230 lbs.   These ewes were selected as replacement ewes in our flock.   Click on our “Sires & Breeding Ewes” tab for up-to-date information on our breeding rams.

.  Registered 2017 Show Lambs & Yearlings:    Registered 2017 ewe lambs, 2017 ram lambs, and 2016 yearlings available for your County and State Fairs.   Also have a few Suffolk/Hampshire crossbred ewes.

.  Farm-Fresh lamb for Kosher and Halal:    Lambs are processed at Hemp’s Meats, Jefferson, MD — or, the customer takes their live lamb home and processes in the Kosher or Halal manner on their property.   We do not have the wash-up facilities for on-farm processing.

.  If you require On-Farm Processing — ⇓⇓ the two farms listed below have the proper 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.

(1)  Caanan Run Farm, Westminster, Carroll County, MD.    Excellent resource.   Farm has the proper on-farm processing facilities to process lambs, goats, and sheep.   Believe their cost is $3.00 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.

(2)  Mill Creek Farm in 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

.  Do you 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.  Open these 3 websites and enjoy.   Frederick County Sheep Breeder members get a 10% discount.

(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

.  2017 Festival of EIDS:    Our farm can provide perfect looking lambs for the Festival of EIDS, September 1-4, 2017.  We can raise a ram lamb for you.   Order well in advance.   Arrange to pick-up your lamb in September, 2017.   A deposit is required.

.  Arrange to visit the farm:    See a working farm, bottle feed and hold a lamb, help feed the sheep.   Thinking of buying some sheep — what breed to select?   It all depends on  many factors.   Call to make arrangements.

.  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.

.  Ram Leasing Services:    If a ram is available — we can lease a ram to an experienced shepherd with a small flock.

.  Young Lamb for Greek Easter, next April 8, 2018:    Next year, order early, we’ll take the lamb to Hemp’s Meats.   Customer picks up their cleaned lamb carcass by Saturday, April 7.   A $100.00 deposit is required — mail your check to Peter Vorac.   Address is in the “Contact” tab.   Note:  Greek Easter is even earlier in 2018:  April 8, 2018 — so plan ahead.

.  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, can purchase smaller amounts.

.  We’re a resource and encourage on-going communications with fellow shepherd’s, all customers, and the 4-H’ers we work with.

Welcome to Our Farm

Vorac Suffolks & 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 lamb, 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.

Farm house built in 1813

Farm house built in 1813 by the Dewalt Willard family, with an addition after the Civil War.   Bricks for the house were made on the property.   Has 5 fireplaces, 12 rooms, 38 windows, and a dirt floor “potato” cellar.  There were three slave cabins on the property, one 4-room cabin remains.   These old houses are hard to heat in the winter, but stay cool in the summer.

Farm History

Our farm was settled in 1813 and originally owned by Judge Dewalt Willard and his family, from Frederick, Maryland.   They named the farm Castle Hill Farm.   The farm is located in the beautiful Middletown Valley, north of Burkittsville and south of Middletown, MD.

We are the 4th. owners from the original land grant.

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Example of our on-going communications with 4-H families. Martin & Mitzi Hardy, parents of a 4-H’er visiting one weekend.  Mitzi is holding an 11-day old lamb. Frisk, one of our Border Collies, is helping out. We were a bit late in docking this lamb’s tail.  The 14 lambing jugs are behind Frisk, inside the bank barn.

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, 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.

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