Farm to Fork, Custom-Processed Lamb — Scheduling Order Dates for October/November/December — Lamb Sausage now available — Registered Suffolk Breeding Stock is Available — Two Registered 2017 Suffolk Ram Lambs for Sale
Our Farm specializes in the following 12 areas:
1. Custom-Processed, farm-fresh lamb for individual customers — call or email to order: 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. In November, lambs will be 9-10 months old.
. Sweet Italian Lamb Sausage and Maple Brown Sugar Lamb Sausage. Available in 2 lb. sausage ropes — and 1 lb. packages — $11.00 lb., picked-up at Hemp’s Meats, Jefferson, MD. 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): 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.
3. Registered Ewe and Ram Breeding Stock: We kept 16 – 2016 registered Suffolk ewe lambs as replacement stock — now yearling ewes. The yearlings were just sheared — they look very good — are now around 210-230 lbs. These 16 ewes were selected as replacement ewes in our flock — are all registered — and we’re able to sell a few. 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.
4. If you require On-Farm Processing — ⇓⇓ contact the two farms listed below — they 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.
. ⇒ 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 their cost is $2.80 to $3.20 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
5. 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 2017:
- In the summer of 2017 — call to set-up breeding dates for your ewes, based on when you want lambs to be born in 2018.
- In 2017 for 2018 lambs — breeding costs have risen slightly: $70.00 per ewe (was $60.00 last year), 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, sheared, feet trimmed, up-to-date on 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?
- The plan is to begin breeding by August 25, 2017 — for late January and February 2018 lambs.
6. Young lambs 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.
7. 2018 Festival of EIDS: Our farm can provide perfect looking ram lambs for the Festival of EIDS, in 2018. We can raise a ram lamb for you. Order well in advance. Arrange to pick-up your lamb in 2017. A deposit is required.
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. 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
9. Ram Leasing Services: If a ram is available — we can lease a 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, and the 4-H’ers we work with.
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 of buying some sheep — we can discuss possible breeds to select? It all depends on many factors — land, barns, water, pasture, meat sheep beeds or wool sheep breeds — 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 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, Maryland.
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, barn swallows, a fish pond, at times beef cattle, clean, well-managed pastures, a rotational grazing system, various soil conservation practices, too much work, 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.