Sires & Breeding Ewes
We began breeding around Sept. 1, 2019. Will breed about 45 registered Suffolk Ewes and a few Suffolk/Hampshire cross-bred Ewes — that will begin lambing in early February, 2020.
4-H’ers will have a very good selection of 2020 4-H Market Lambs.
Our Suffolk brood ewes are heavily influenced by Tom Slack (Indiana), Bill MacCauley (Pennsylvania), Ellerbrock (Illinois), Bob Kimm (Iowa), and Miller (Texas) Hampshire genetics.
95% to 98% of the 2019-2020 lamb crop will be RR/NN lambs. We keep extensive breeding records and individual ewe lambing records.
We’ll also breed about 10-16 ewes each year for other shepherds, who have small flocks. If you want your ewes bred — you can choose from any of the rams we have — if there is room in the ram’s breeding group. Ewe Breeding Service information is on the “How to Purchase” tab.
We’ll be using these 4 Stud rams in 2020 as Sires for our 2021 lambs — and for the ewes we breed for other people.
1. 2014 MacCauley Ram 3052 RR — born in 2014 — son of MacCauley Suffolks Champion, Slick Sheared Suffolk Ram at the 2013 North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky. We purchased 3052 in August, 2014. This ram has produced many very nice lambs for us from 2015 to 2019. Click on MacCauley’s website: MacCauley Suffolks
2. 2016 MacCauley Ram 3645 RR/NN. His sire is MacCauley’s 3068 — the first place Yearling Suffolk Ram and Reserve Champion Slick-Sheared Suffolk Ram at the 2015 NAILE in Louisville, KY. (NAILE: North American International Livestock Exposition). Our MacCauley Ram 3645, as an Early Jr. Ram Lamb, was the Champion Suffolk Ram in the Suffolk Breed Show, at the 2016 Great Frederick Fair. This means that our MacCauley Ram 3645 beat all other Suffolk Rams (Yearling Rams, Fall Ram Lambs, Early Junior Ram Lambs, and Late Junior Ram Lambs) shown at the 2016 Great Frederick Fair.
3. 2019 Tom Slack Suffolk Ram 9155 RR/NN. In August, 2019 — a new registered Suffolk Ram from Tom Slack (Indiana) was added to our flock. 9155 has great loin, rear leg, level top, is RR/NN. Ram 9155’s sire is Slack “Firestone”. We expect some great lambs in 2020. Interested, call to reserve a 2020 ewe lamb out of Slack 9155.
4. 2020 Tom Slack Ram. We have to choose one during the summer.
2. Vorac Breeding Ewes for the 2020 lamb crop
All our breeding ewes are registered, a few are percentage ewes (crossbred Suffolk/Hampshire ewes), and are registered with Percentage Papers. Most of our breeding ewes have Codon tested as RR, a few are QR. We have no QQ sheep, they were eliminated 18 years ago in 2001.
3. Rams for Sale
. 2018 Ram Lambs have been sold.
. 2019 Ram Lamb 1946 RR/NN is available, born March 31, 2019 — has been sold.
. 2020 Ram Lambs will be available. Expecting some very good ram lambs out of our new Slack Ram 9155.
4. Pennsylvania Ram & Buck Goat Test & Sale — Sale is the first Saturday in August.
Initially selected 8 possible 2018 ram lambs — narrowed down to 2 ram lambs, 1812 and 1854, which were sent to the PA Performance Test in April, 2018. We kept two ram lambs 1856 and 1857 to show in 2018 (ram lambs are out of different dams). Ram Lamb Performance data is on the PA Livestock Evaluation Center website.
Ram Lambs and Buck Goats are on test for 77 days, evaluated for breeding soundness, weight gain, scrotal size, loin eyes ultra sounded, indexed — and then auctioned at the PA Ram & Meat Goat Buck Sale on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Send an email to request information about the 2018 Performance Test and Sale. For more information, contact Greg Hubbard, 1-814-238-2527. Email Greg Hubbard at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and to review the two-week reports and download the Sale Cartalog — Click on website: PA Livestock Evaluation Center
Click on “Programs” — then click on “Ram Testing Program” — for the bi-weekly reports.
Click on “Catalogs” — for the past 2018 Sale catalog — listing the Buck Goat, Rams, plus Ewes and Doe Goats. The two Vorac Suffolk Rams are Lots 112 and 113.