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

Place Your Fall Order for a Custom-Processed Lamb   —   Schedule Your 2016 Ewe Breeding Services for Your 2017 Spring Lambs  —  Begin Planning for 2017 4-H Project Lambs Next Spring

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 have openings this Fall.

.  Fall Lamb Processing:   order early — don’t wait till the last minute.   Hemp’s is very busy in the Fall — and we schedule 8 weeks in advance.   We’re taking orders for Lambs to be processed from September to the end of November.   All our custom-processed lambs are processed by November 30.   Lambs are no more than 10 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:    Contact Caanan Run Farm — lambs and goats can be purchased and processed at the farm listed below.   You must know how to properly kill a lamb or goat — and clean up all non-usable parts of an animal.

(1)  Caanan Run Farm, Westminster, MD.    Farm has proper facilities for on-farm processing of lambs, goats, and sheep.   Phone Earl Gouker:  1-443-506-5243.   Address:  1661 Old Westminster Pike, Westminster, MD  21157.   Use MapQuest for directions.

(2) 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.    Phone Brian Schiner:  1-443-271-6850.    Website:  http://www.wagonwheelranch.org

.  2016 Festival of EIDS:    Our farm can provide perfect looking lambs for the Festival of EIDS, September 11-14, 2016.  Order well in advance.   Arrange to pick-up your lamb.   A deposit is required.

.  Farm-fresh lamb next year for Greek Easter — April 16, 2017:    Call the farm 4-5 weeks before Greek Easter next year, 301-371-4111, to order a whole, smaller lamb, around 80-90-100 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.

.  Registered Ewe and Ram Breeding Stock:    2016 ewe lambs and 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.

.  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 6-7 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 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.

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 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, 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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