Welcome to the Frederick County Sheep Breeders — members from many Maryland counties, plus a few out-of-state members

The Purpose of the Frederick County Sheep Breeders is to:

  • Promote sheep, goat and lamb activities in Maryland.
  • Improve registered and commercial breeding stock, market lambs and market goats.
  • Promote and support the area’s sheep and goat farm flocks.
  • Promote the fiber industry and wool industry in Maryland.
  • Be a resource for and between members.
  • Support young shepherd’s 4-H activities — and their project lambs and project goats.
  • Educate the public.

The Frederick County Sheep Breeders is a Maryland-based sheep and goat producers association with members from many counties; plus, a few members from out-of-state (PA, VA and W.VA).

Upcoming Events

MD Sheep Breeders Association — Sheep Shearing School — April 17-18, 2015 @ Sheep Shearing School -- at Ridgely Thompson's Farm
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – Apr 18 @ 3:30 pm

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The 2015 Maryland Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) Sheep Shearing School will be held Friday & Saturday, April 17-18 — 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Ridgely Thompson’s farm, at 1942 Uniontown Road, Westminster, MD  21157.

The Shearing School is open to anyone in Maryland and surrounding states who wants to learn to shear sheep.

The New Zealand method of shearing will be taught.   Shearing machines will be provided.   Blade Shearing will not be taught.

Instructors are Aaron Geiman and Emily Chamelin.   Aaron is an Agriscience Teacher at North Carroll High School.   Emily is a professional shearer.

The registration fee is $80.00 per person, and includes ASI’s Sheep Shearing Notebook, and an instructional DVD – (American Sheep Industry).

Pre-registration is required.   No registrations will be accepted after April 5.

Participation is limited to 20 people.   The minimum age is 16.

Checks should be made payable to the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, Inc., and mailed to Aaron Geiman, 429 Hook Road, Westminster, MD  21157.

Open the Registration Form below, fill out and mail to Aaron Geiman.



Spring Farm Tour — Sunday, April 19, 2015 — Bridgestone Manor Farm @ Spring Farm Tour - Bridgestone Manor Farm
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The 2015 Spring Farm Tour will be at Don & Pam Adam’s Farm — Bridgestone Manor Farm, 400 Bridgestone Drive, Eldersburg, MD  21784.  They raise Boer goats and beef cattle.

Pam Adam’s cell phone: 1-443-802-3734.  Home phone: 1-410-549-2539.

Email:  pam.adams@hp.com

All sheep and goat producers are welcome to attend.   You do not have to be a member of the Frederick County Sheep Breeders to attend this Spring Farm Tour.

Date:  Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Hours:  1 to 4 pm.

For more information about their farm — go on their website:  Bridgestone Manor Farm

Debra Drake (Tweedside Farm) is in charge of arranging the Spring and Fall farm tours.

Refreshments will be served.

Frederick County Sheep Breeders Food Concession Stand — Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 2-3, 2015 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 & Rte. 32 exit
May 2 @ 9:00 am – May 3 @ 6:00 pm

The Frederick County Sheep Breeders and Feedbag Catering partner to provide a food stand with a variety of American lamb sandwiches — pit pulled lamb, lamb sausage, lamb burgers, lamb cheese burgers, and BBQ lamb sandwiches.

Be sure to stop by to enjoy some great Maryland lamb — and support the FCSB.  This is our major fund raiser.

For information about Feedbag Catering services, go on their website:  http://www.putonthefeedbagcatering.com/index.html

Contact Feedbag Catering, Terrie Ferguson’s cell phone:  1-717-357-1137

The food stand is on the Main Midway, across from barn 6.Jeff Ferguson at the grill, L2, 428x298

Many of the FCSB members volunteer at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — many show their sheep and fleeces — many display and sell their fleeces — and many are vendors.

Would you like to help out in some way?   It’s a great way to meet fellow shepherds and get involved in your areas of interest.

Contact the following:

Frederick County Sheep Breeders:   www.fredericksheepbreeders.com

Gwen Handler, Chairman of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival:  www.sheepandwool.org    Gwen’s cell phone:  410-596-6096


Carcass Contest, Loin Eye Measurement — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, barn 7-8
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Are your genetics producing the well-muscled lambs you want, and improving your breeding stock?

Enter your best well-muscled lambs (ram lambs, ewe lambs, and wethers) in the 2015 Carcass Contest.   This is a live lamb evaluation where ultrasound technology is used to determine the size of a lamb’s loin eye.

PScanning a Suffolk lamburpose:  to recognize producers of superior lambs; compare their lambs to others; provide carcass data to consider in your breeding and selection decisions; and to demonstrate the use of real-time ultrasound technology.

Photo:  Jim Pritchard, Univ. of West Virginia, scanning a lamb.

Carcass Contest info. and entry forms are in the 2015 MD Sheep & Wool Festival catalog, and on the MS&WF website.   Minimum weight is 80 lbs.   Best lamb weights are the 115 to 130 lb. range.   Make sure your lambs have decent back-fat.   Most lambs are disqualifed due to low a back-fat measurement of less than .10 inches.

Every entry that meets the Carcass Contest criteria receives either $50.00, $35.00, or $25.00.   Make sure your lambs have “good cover” — this means decent back-fat at a minimum of .10 inches.

Also call Peter Vorac, Frederick County Sheep Breeders, 301-371-4111, when you have a question.

Shearing Day at Star Gazing Farm @ Star Gazing Farm Animal Sanctuary
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 shearingbellyCome join us at our annual shearing day at the farm.

Saturday, May 16th., noon to 4 pm — Rain or Shine

We’ll be shearing our sheep and llamas, trimming toenails, and doing a bit of dental work on the llamas (always fun).

You can see the wool as it comes freshly off the animals, learn about skirting, sorting, and see what harvesting wool is all about.

runnerYou can also see our rug-making operation — and even buy a rug to take home as a souvenir!

Many people ask, does it hurt the animal?   The answer is no!  In fact, if you don’t shear annually, the wool keeps on growing and growing and growing and can be a real health hazard, so we shear once a year in the spring.

This event is free and open to the public — but please do leave your own pets at home.  Directions to the farm.

Farmers Co-Op Open House — Saturday, June 6, 2015 — Frederick, Maryland @ the Farmers Co-Op, Frederick, MD
Jun 6 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Farmers CoOp - photo of grain elevators (2) 577x386The Farmers Co-Op in Frederick, MD, is celebrating its 92nd. year in business — and is having an Open House on Saturday, June 6, 2015 — from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Livestock feed, plus products in the store will be on sale.   The Farmers Co-Op has a full range of feeds for all types of livestock, plus ADM show feeds.   Th Co-Op can even custom blend a feed.

All feed is $0.92 off per bag — when pre-ordered by Tuesday, June 2nd., for pick-up on Saturday, June 6th.

A complimentary Pork BBQ lunch is provided.

From I-70, exit at the South Street exit.  You can see the grain silos from I-70.

The Frederick County Sheep Breeeders will have ewes, lambs and goats on display.   Stop by, meet FCSB members, discuss sheep, goats, lambs and the many woolen products that FCSB members produce.

For more information, go to the Co-Op’s website:  www.farmerscoop.com

When you have a question, contact Amy Stephens, or any staff at the Co-Op.  Phone:  301-663-3113.

Normal Co-Op hours are:  Monday to Friday — 8:00 am to 5:00 pm — Saturday, 8:00 am to noon.

2015 FCSB Annual Picnic — Old Forge Farm, Hagerstown — Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ Old Forge Farm (Patricia & David Schooley), Hagerstown, MD
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

South side and rear of house 640x4282015 Annual Picnic:   to be hosted by Patricia and David Schooley,  at their Old Forge Farm, on Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2014.

Time:  3 to 7 pm

Pot Luck Picnic:  the FCSB will provide the fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, lamb sausage, drinks and fellowship.

Each family attending is asked to bring a vegetable dish, salad, and/or a dessert.   Work out what you plan to bring with our host,  Pat Schooley.

The Schooley’s have a unique farm.   Their house was built in 1762, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.   In the past, the farm was a small, self-contained community, with an iron forge, produced nails and tacks, had a grist mill, lumber mill, lime kiln, and housing for the workers.

Go to the “Meet Our Members” tab — and scroll down to Old Forge Farm — for more information about the farm’s history, and their sheep.

Photo:  South side and rear of stone house, built in 1762.

Pat’s home phone:   301-733-1762

Cell phone:  301-988-6371

Email:   oldforge@myactv.net

The 2014 FCSB picnic was held on Sunday, June 8th., at Pleasant Grove Farm (Mary Ann and Jim Peterson).

Frederick City — In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ Frederick City, MD -- In-The-Streets Festival
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

history-blockThe Frederick County Sheep Breeders (FCSB) will again participate in the In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 12, 2015.

The FCSB booth is in the Creek Side Market area — along the Carroll Creek Linear Park — just east of South Market Street.


Dawn Richardson, and other FCSB Fiber Folks will be selling their various rovings, many varieties of hand-spun yarns, blended yarns, woolen hand-knits, woolen blankets, and figurines made with wool.

The FCSB will also have a group of lambs in a pen —  with shearing demonstrations by professional shearers on how sheep are sheared, and their hooves trimmed.    These demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

For more information, go to:   www.fredericksheepbreeders.com


The Great Frederick Fair — September 13 to 20, 2015 @ The Frederick County Fairgrounds
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – Sep 20 @ 9:00 pm


A County Fair is the culmination of dedication and hard work by 4-H’ers in raising, developing, and showing their 4-H project animals.

The Frederick County Sheep Breeders supports and provides awards for the following 4-H Sheep Events and Open Class Events:

1.  The four 4-H Fitting and Showmanship Classes, cash awards in each.

2.   The 4-H Breed Shows for:  Cheviot, Dorset, Hampshire, Natural Colored, Romney, Shropshire, Southdown, Suffolk, Other Wool Breeds, and Other Meat Breeds.

3.   The Bred and Owned 4-H Supreme Champion Ram  (best 4-H Ram over all breeds shown).

4.   The Bred and Owned 4-H Supreme Champion Ewe  (best 4-H Ewe over all breeds shown).

5.   The Open Class — Premier Exhibitor Champion Wool Breeds, Flock of 5 sheep.  Show and award presented Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 15th.

6.   The Open Class — Premier Exhibitor Champion Meat Breeds, Flock of 5 sheep.  Show and award presented Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16th.

7.   The Decorated Lamb Show and Shepherd’s Lead Show, Wednesday evening.

Dente Brasher is the 4-H Sheep Superintendent.   Barbara Mullen is the Open Class Sheep Superintendent.   Other Superintendents are:  David Fuss and Ashley Travis.   Donald & Sharron Pilson are the announcers and assist in the show ring.   Plus, many, many FCSB families assist in the Sheep and Goat Barns during Fair Week.

Check out the Great Frederick Fair website:   http://thegreatfrederickfair.com/

Frederick County Sheep Breeders Annual Dinner — Friday, November 6, 2015 @ Dutch's Daughter Restaurant, Frederick, MD
Nov 6 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dutch’s Daughter.   The 2015 FCSB Annual Dinner will again be held at Dutch’s Daughter, in Frederick — Friday evening, November 6th.,  starting with the Social Meet & Greet at 5:30 pm.

Dinner Announcements:  FCSB members will be sent an EVITE annual dinner announcement.   Please RSVP that you will be attending the dinner, — or RSVP your regrets that you will not be attending the annual dinner — and that you will mail your 2016 dues.   An accurate dinner count is required by Oct. 31st.

Payment.   You can pay for your dinner and your 2016 FCSB membership dues at the door.

If you are not attending the dinner:   (1)  As a courtesy, reply with your Regrets.   (2) Please mail your 2016 membership dues to Dawn Richardson, FCSB Treasurer.   Dues are the same, $20.00 per year/per family.

Cash Bar.   There will again be a cash bar.

This year you will have more time to socialize and meet fellow shepherd’s who you likely see only once a year.

5:30 pm:   Social Meet & Greet.

6:15 pm:   Buffet Dinner — Carved Top Round, Atlantic Salmon, Dutch’s Special Chicken.

Master of Ceremony:   Dahl Drenning (Lock’s View Farm) is the MC.

Remarks by special guests.

7th. Annual 2015 Shepherd of the Year:   Presentation by Emily Chamelin, FCSB Vice President and her committee.  Past recipients are listed in the  Annual Dinner Program, in the 2015-2016 FCSB Directory, and on the FCSB website.

Entertainment.   Will be announced.

Those all important Door Prizes:   Contact Charlotte Dutton (Blue Rock Farm), 301-898-0902, with your door prize contribution.

Check out the Dutch’s Daughter website.  Photo is the large banquet room we use.   There is an elevator to the 2nd. floor dining room.

Website:  Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant



Dutch's Daughter, large banquet room