Spring has arrived — Visit the Farm to see the new born lambs — Begin planning for your 2017 4-H Project Lambs this Spring — Time to order your Greek Easter Lambs, April 16, 2017
Our Farm specializes in the following:
. Custom-Processed, 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 Click on our “How to Purchase” tab to order a lamb. Recommend ordering your lamb weeks in advance. We’re about out of 2016 lambs. A Crown Rack of Lamb, or Double English Loin Chops, and 1½” thick Rib Chops are great for that special dinner party.
. Winter Lamb Processing: Order early — don’t wait till the last minute. Hemp’s is very busy in the Winter months — and we schedule 8 to 10 weeks in advance. We’re taking orders for Lambs to be processed in February — then we’ll be out of lambs. All our custom-processed lambs are processed by February. 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
. Farm-Fresh lamb for Kosher and Halal: Lamb is processed at Hemp’s Meats — 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 — ⇓⇓ call the two farms listed below ⇓⇓: Lambs, goats, sheep can be purchased at these farms — and processed at the two farms. You must know how to properly kill a lamb or goat — and clean up all non-usable parts of an animal. Or, the owner will kill the lamb or goat fore you.
(1) Caanan Run Farm, Westminster, MD. Excellent resource. Farm has the proper facilities for on-farm processing of lambs, goats, and sheep. Cost is $3.00 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. 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: 1-703-727-9764.
(3) No longer in business, the owner died. Wagon Wheel Ranch in Mt. Airy, MD. This farm has the proper facilities for on-farm processing of lambs, goats, and chickens. Website: http://www.wagonwheelranch.org
. 2017 Farm-fresh lamb for Greek Easter — April 16, 2017: Call us 5-6 weeks before Greek Easter next year, 301-371-4111, to order a whole, smaller lamb, around 90-100 lbs., for Greek Easter — maybe for a BBQ, or BBQ in a China Box. Lamb will be processed at Hemp’s Meats on the Monday before Greek Easter — aged a few days, then you can pick-up for the weekend. A deposit is required.
. 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.
. Registered Ewe and Ram Breeding Stock: Have a few 2016 registered ewe lambs (now yearling ewes). They’re now around 160-180 lbs. Ewes will be yearlings in 2017 — and should finish at 210-230 lbs. Sold out of 2016 ram lambs. At times have yearling ewes and yearling rams. Click on our “Sires & Breeding Ewes” tab for up-to-date information on our breeding rams.
. Show Lambs & Yearlings: Registered ewe lambs, ram lambs, and yearlings for County and State Fairs.
. 4-H Project or Market Lambs: (also called 4-H Club Lambs): 4-H lambs that will be raised and shown at County and State Fairs.
. Helping 4-H’ers and their parents: We follow-up with families who purchase our 4-H Project Lambs and breeding stock.
. Arrange to visit the farm: See a working farm, bottle feed and hold a lamb, help feed the sheep. 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 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.
. Ram Leasing Services: If a ram is available — we can lease a ram to an experienced shepherd with a small flock.
. Sheep Manure — Compost, pick-up truck load, $25.00: Pick-up trucks hold 3-4 cubic yards — we’ll load your truck or trailer — or, can purchase smaller amounts.
. A resource and 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.
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.
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, 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.