Photo⇑⇑. Two Suffolk Ram Lambs, 7½ months old, 190-200 lbs. When full-grown, these Rams will be around 330 lbs.
Custom Processed, Farm Fresh Lamb — we provide our customers whole lambs or half a lamb. From our farm to your table. Send an email or call for information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 301-371-4111
4-H Project Lambs (also called 4-H Club 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. Ram Lamb had the best adjusted loin eye score at the 2020 PA Performance Ram & Buck Goat Test.
2021 Ram and Ewe Breeding Stock — and 4-H Project Lambs. We’ll have a very good selection of 2021 Suffolk and Suffolk/Hamp. 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: email@example.com — 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 Hay for Sale – Maryland. 2nd. cutting square bales 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. 2021 1st. cutting, by June 1st. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compost is Available for Your Garden. Pick-up truck load, or trailer load — we load — call.
⇓⇓ Food Comes Directly From Our Farm in Frederick County, MD to Your Table — not from a thousand miles away, or imported. ⇓⇓ Details ⇓⇓
1. CUSTOM-PROCESSED LAMBS — call or email to discuss what you like — our farm-fresh lamb for individual customers — whole or half lambs. Will email you an Order Form. 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 working with Hemp’s to do our livestock processing for the past 30+ years. Email: email@example.com
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 lb. to 1.5 lb. packages — 4 links per package — $10.00 lb. 5 oz. Lamb Burgers — $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.
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 the 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 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 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.
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. 2021 GREEK EASTER is May 2, 2021. Plan ahead — order early — need to schedule kill date at Hemp’s Meats. We’ll have smaller 50 to 80 lb. lambs. We’ll take the lamb to Hemp’s Meats. Customer picks up their cleaned lamb carcass by Friday or Saturday, May 1. New customers — a $100.00 deposit is required. Call first — then mail your check to Peter Vorac. Address is in the “Contact” tab.
Note: 2021 Greek Easter is May 2, 2021. Order now, so we can breed some ewes earlier in the Fall of 2020 — in order to have a lamb for your 2021 Greek Easter.
8. SQUARE BALES of 2021 – 2nd. CUTTING GRASS HAY. Very good dense bales, 2nd. cutting, made right, no rain, you can pick-up right in the barn, bales are easy to load. Have only used liquid manure from a neighbor’s dairy farm for the past 5-6 years. We also use our manure bedding pack from our sheep barn and loafing shed as fertilizer. Purpose is to build soil organic matter — improve quality of our hay — increase soil microbes/fungi in our hay/pasture fields — and better retain moisture in the soil. Call 301-371-4111 to order hay. $5.50 per bale, picked-up at the farm.
20 or more bales are $5.00 per bale.
In summer, 2020, we sprayed for broad leaf weeds — our hay should be mostly weed-free in 2021.
In summer, 2021, we will spray 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.
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 bags of compost, $1.00 bag. Comparison: a sheep farm in Howard County charges $5.00 per 40 lb. bag of their sheep manure/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 wool breed sheep, do you want to produce woolen products — your marketing plan, and end goals — and your available time and energy. Call to make arrangements 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.
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 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.