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

2015 Champion and Reserve Champion Rams

Photo ⇑⇑.  Two Suffolk Ram Lambs, 7½ months old, 190-200 lbs.   When full-grown, these Rams will be around 330 lbs.   Kelly Vorac is on the right.

Custom Processed, Farm Fresh Lamb — we provide our customers whole lambs, half a lamb, and BBQ lambs.   From our farm to your table.   Send an email or call for information.   Email:   pvorac@comcast.net   Call:  301-371-4111

4-H Project Lambs  (also called 4-H Club Lambs and 4-H Market Lambs).   We’ll fit your lamb to your weigh-in date, rate of gain goals, and your Fair date.   Call to arrange a visit.  301-371-4111

2020 Registered Suffolk Yearling Ram Lamb for Sale.    Vorac 2018 RR/NN Ram — very good loin — will produce good ewe lamb breeding stock — and custom-processed lambs.   2018 Ram Lamb had the best adjusted loin eye score at the 2020 PA Ram & Buck Goat Performance Test.

2021 Ram and Ewe Breeding Stock — and 4-H Project Lambs.    We’ll have a very good selection of 2021 Suffolk and Suffolk/Hampshire 4-H Ram and 4-H Ewe Lambs — and quality breeding stock for your County and State Fair — can show in both 4-H and Open Class shows.   Arrange to visit and pick-out your lamb.   Send your Email to:  pvorac@comcast.net — or call:  301-371-4111

2021 Ewe Breeding Services.    Begin planning for your 2021 breeding season.   You can breed your ewes to any of our 4-5 Suffolk Rams.   Call Peter Vorac — 301-371-4111

2021 – 2nd. Cutting Square Bales of Hay for Sale — to be baled mid-August.    2nd. cutting of 2021 Grass Hay — weed free hay — no foxtail — dense square bales are in the barn — easy to load.   $5.50 per bale.   $5.00 per bale for 20 or more bales.   Our 2021 – 1st. cutting on June 5-6, and round baled for dry cows and heifers.   2nd. cutting will be square baled by mid-August.   For details, call:  301-371-4111 — or send an email:  pvorac@comcast.net  

Compost is Available for Your Garden.    Aged, Sheep Compost.   Pick-up truck load, or trailer load — we’ll load.   Just need a few garbage cans full?   Call:  301-371-4111.

⇓⇓  Food Comes Directly From Our Farm in Frederick County, MD to Your Table — not hundreds of miles away, or imported.   ⇓⇓  Details  ⇓⇓ 

Butterflied Leg of Lamb, with Mint Pistachio Pesto

1.  CUSTOM-PROCESSED LAMBS  —  call or email to discuss our farm-fresh lamb for individual customers — whole or half lambs.   Will email you our Lamb Meat Order Form.    Our lambs are custom-processed, vacuum-sealed, and labeled at Hemp’s Meats, 3740 Jefferson Pike, Jefferson, MD 21755.   Website:  Hemp’s Meats, Jefferson, MD    Hemp’s has been processing our livestock for the past 30+ years.   Email:  pvorac@comcast.net

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 1¼” – 1½” thick Rib Chops are great for that special dinner party.   Order early — Hemp’s is very busy in the Fall months.   By December, lambs born in February and March will be 9-10 months old.

•  Sweet Italian Lamb Sausage and Maple Brown Sugar Lamb Sausage..   Available in 1.0 to 1.1 lb. packages — 4 links per package — $11.00 lb.   5 oz. Lamb Burgers, 4 per package, 1¼ lb. packages — $10.00 lb.   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.

Lamb carcass, stuffed with vegetables, on a heavy-duty BBQ, with electric motor

2.  DO YOU NEED — ON-FARM PROCESSING — LAMBS and GOATS  —  ⇓⇓ contact the farm listed below  — they have the proper on-farm slaughter and wash-up facilities ⇓⇓:    Lambs, goats, sheep can be purchased and processed at their farm.   You must know how to properly kill a lamb or goat.   Or, the owner will harvest the lamb or goat for you.

⇒⇒  Call — Caanan Run Farm, Westminster, Carroll County, MD.    Good resource.   Believe they charge by live wt. — around $3.00 lb. for lambs.   Processing is $40.00.    Not sure if they have chickens.   Phone Victoria Gouker:  1-443-277-7952, or Earl Gouker:  1-443-506-5243.   Address:  1661 Old Westminster Pike, Westminster, MD  21157.   Use MapQuest or Google Earth for directions.

3.  4-H PROJECT (MARKET) LAMBS.    (also called 4-H Club Lambs).   2021 – 4-H lambs to  show at your County and State Fair?   Call to arrange to visit, evaluate and pick-out your 4-H Project Lambs to be shown at your 2021 County and State Fairs.   We have a very good selection of wethers to choose from.

Click on the “How to Purchase ” tab for details.

4.  4-H LAMB LEASING PROGRAM.    We lease (loan) very good registered ewe and ram lambs to 4-H’ers for the summer to raise and show at their 4-H and Open Class County Fair and other Fairs — at no cost to the 4-H’er.   Then the 4-H family returns the lamb(s) in the Fall after showing at various Fairs — and transfers the lamb’s registration papers back to us (Kelly Vorac).   Interested — call us — 301-371-4111.

•  We follow-up with 4-H’ers and their parents.    We follow-up and are glad to help families who purchase and lease our 4-H Project Lambs and Suffolk breeding stock.   When a 4-H’er has a question, problem — halter breaking, exercising, 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.

2014 Champion Suffolk Ewe 1441 (Aunt Rose) on left — Reserve Champion Suffolk Ram 1446 on the right, both were 2014 born lambs.  In 2017 Ewe 1441 had triplets — she raised all 3 of her lambs.   Full grown, Ram 1446 weighs around 330 lbs.

5.  REGISTERED EWE and RAM BREEDING STOCK.   2021 ewe lambs are available.   Click on “Sires & Breeding Ewes”.   We kept 8 – 2020 registered Suffolk ewe lambs as replacement stock — now yearling ewes, weighing 210 to 230 lbs. — all are registered — ewes that are in our “keeper pen” — ewes that would win at any County Fair.   These 8 remaining 2020 Yearling Ewes will be bred in the Fall, 2021 to have their first lambs starting in February, 2022.   Click on the “Sires & Breeding Ewes” tab for up-to-date information on our breeding rams.

•  Registered 2020 Yearling Ewe Lambs and a couple of Ram Lambs (sold out).

6.  EWE BREEDING SERVICES.   For shepherds with small flocks and just a few ewes — when the shepherd does not want to own a ram — click on the “Sires & Breeding Ewes” tab.   The maintenance and feeding cost for a full-grown Suffolk ram is at least $370.00 per year.   Example:  our full-grown Suffolk rams eat 5 lbs. of grain per day, plus hay.   Ram lambs are fed a bit less.   For small flocks it’s usually not worthwhile to own a ram.   For more information go to the “Sires & Breeding Ewe” tab.

•  Contact us to schedule breeding services for your ewes in the summer of 2021 — for your 2022 Spring lambs.

  • This summer — call to set-up breeding dates for your ewes — based on when you want lambs to be born in 2022.
  • Breeding costs have been the same for past 6-7 years:  $70.00 per ewe, plus the same $1.00 day for hay, grain, worming if needed, any shots needed, hoof trimming, 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 CD&T shots, wormed, no foot rot, no Ring Worm, no skin infections that are contagious.
  • In 2021 we’ll have 4-5 excellent Suffolk breeding rams — MacCauley 3052 ram — Tom Slack 9155 ram — our new 0503 Russell Sheep Co. ram (top selling ram at their recent on-line Ram Sale), and a top selling Suffolk ram lamb at the 2020 PA Livestock Evaluation Ram Sale.
  • Our plan is to begin breeding by August 25, 2021 — for late January and early February 2022 lambs.

7.  In 2022 GREEK EASTER is Sunday, April 24, 2022.   Plan ahead — you must order early — we schedule kill dates at Hemp’s Meats weeks in advance.   We’ll have smaller  75 to 95 lb. lambs (live wt.).    We’ll take the lamb to Hemp’s Meats.   Customer picks up their cleaned lamb carcass by Friday or Saturday, April 22-23, 2022.   New customers — a $100.00 deposit is required.   Call first — then mail your check to Peter Vorac.   Address is in the “Contact” tab.

Note:   2022 Greek Easter is April 24, 2022.   Order now, so we can breed some ewes earlier in the Fall of 2020 —  in order to have a lamb for your 2022 Greek Easter.

8.  SQUARE BALES of 2021 – 2nd. CUTTING GRASS HAY — $5.00 per BALE.   Very good dense bales, 2nd. cutting, made right, no rain, you can back-up right into the barn — bales are easy to load.   Have been spreading liquid manure from a neighbor’s dairy farm for the past 6 years.   We also use our manure bedding pack from our sheep barn and loafing shed as fertilizer.  Purpose:  to build soil organic matter — improve quality of our hay — increase soil microbes/fungi in our hay/pasture fields — better retension of moisture in the soil.   Call 301-371-4111 to order hay.   

1 to 19 bales — $5.50 per bale — picked-up at the farm.

20 or more bales — $5.00 per bale — picked-up at the farm.

In summer, 2020, we sprayed for broad leaf weeds — our hay should be mostly weed-free in 2021.

In mid-June, 2021, sprayed for Foxtail.

9.  SUFFOLK & HAMPSHIRE FLEECES.   Skirted fleeces, fairly clean, good crimp, bagged individually, works well when blending with other yarn types.  Suffolk fleeces, $4.00 lb., Hampshire fleeces, $5.00 lb.

Sydell 5′ wide x 6′ deep lamb jug shown. Larger breeds should use a 7′ or 8′ wide by 6′ to 8′ deep lamb jugs — so the ewe has plenty of room to turn, and not step on her lambs.

10.  NEED 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.   Can provide any kind of special steel and aluminum fabrication to fit your barn space.   We’ve been using Sydell steel equipment on our farm for over 30 years.   The Sydell equipment lasts.   Open these 3 websites and enjoy.

(a)  Dealer for Sydell Sheep & Goat Equipment:    http://www.sydell.com

(b)  Dealer for All Aluminum Livestock & Show Equipment:   type in, look at list of products:    http://www.allaluminum.com

(c)  Dealer for Riverside Plastics hanging livestock feed troughs:    http://rsicalfsystems.com/hanging feeders.php

11.  SHEEP COMPOST — pick-up truck load, $25.00.   Pick-up trucks with 8′ beds hold 3.5 to 4 cubic yards — we’ll load your truck or trailer.  Larger trailers:  $35.00.   Need a few metal garbage cans of compost, $2.00 per garbage can.   Comparison:  a sheep farm in Howard County charges $5.00 per 40 lb. bag of their sheep compost.

12.  ARRANGE TO VISIT THE FARM.   See a working farm, bottle feed and hold a lamb, help feed the sheep.   Thinking about raising sheep — we can discuss possible breeds to select?   It all depends on many factors your interests, your “business plan”, your land’s soil quality, water, barns, machine sheds, equipment, pasture, ability to make hay, fencing, plan to raise meat breed sheep, or raise wool breed sheep — do you want to produce woolen products — your marketing plan, and end goals — and your available time and energy.   Call to arrange a date to visit.

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, growth, and good loin eye measurements.
  • Structural Correctness and Eye Appeal — no defects in legs, hocks, mouth, no false teats, etc.
  • Vorac Suffolk lambs look flashy in the show ring with their thick loins and full legs.
  • Exceptional Lamb Carcasses — well muscled, good size lamb chops, racks, steaks and roasts.

We specialize in supplying whole or half custom-processed lambs, 4-H club lambs, registered breeding stock, and ewe breeding services.   Over 95% of our flock is 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.

Farm History — settled in 1803

Our farm was settled in 1803 and originally owned by Abraham Willard, passed down to Dewalt Willard, then Edward Willard and his family, from Frederick, Maryland as a dairy farm.  The Willard’s were of French Huguenot descent.   The Willard family named the farm Castle Hill Farm.   The Willard’s sold their farm to Marshall Ahalt in 1917, passed down to his son, Emery Ahalt.    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 in the late 1700’s.

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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, son of Marshall Ahalt) 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 stocked fish pond, at times beef cattle, clean, well-managed pastures, a rotational grazing system, various soil conservation practices, too much work, not enough money — and fences that need fixing.  The farm is currently managed by Border Collies Flip, and Kelly’s dog Sadie, who watch over the ewes and lambs.   Our former Border Collies:  Buzz, Snow, Jake, Jack, Mia, Shelby and Frisk, are buried on the farm.  Most of our Border Collies were “rescue dogs”.