Welcome to the Frederick County Sheep Breeders website.

There are many ways to find something.

1.  On the right is the “Search” box.   Type in the name of the person you’re looking for — or, breed of sheep or goat — or, meat or wool products — or, other kinds of livestock — or, services you’re looking for.   Click “Go” – and those names,  farms and products will be displayed.

2.  Click on “Meet Our Members”, and enjoy learning about each member’s farm — also go to their farm website.

3.  Click on the “Other Farm Products” tab.  Scroll down the list to find the specific livestock, products, services you’re looking for.  There are over 160 categories.

4.  Click on upcoming FCSB “Events” tab.  Scroll down — all Events have a location map.

5.  Click on the “Links” tab — the categories are extensive.

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).

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.

Banner Photo:   Nancy Starkey — Trial and Error Acres, Mt. Airy, Maryland.  Photo is a flock of Nancy’s Bluefaced Leicester Ewes.

The Home Page banner photo is changed each month.

Upcoming Events

2014 Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair — Westminster, MD — July 26 to August 1, 2014 @ Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – Aug 1 @ 10:00 pm

Carroll County 4-H Fair 993x265Plan on visiting the Carroll County Fair — July 26 to August 1, 2014.

Check the Fair Schedule for the many 4-H and FFA livestock shows.

This year the Fair has added a Monster Truck Show.

Go to the Carroll County Fair website for more information.   www.carrolcountyfair.com


Goat Twilight Tour & Tasting — U. of MD Keedysville Research Center — Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ Goat Twilight Tour & Tasting -- University of Maryland's - Western Maryland Research & Education Center
Jul 31 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

2014 Top-Gaining Buck at the WMD Goat Test 500x396An Important Educational Event — relevant to sheep producers — raising sheep and goats on grass — establishing annual grasses — and controlling parasites.

Photo:  top gaining buck for 2nd weigh period, #403, purebred Kiko, consigned by Craig Adams, Illinois.

The 2nd. annual Goat Twilight Tour & Tasting will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 — from 5:30 pm to dark — at the University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research & Education Center, in Keedysville, MD.   A google map is provided.

In addition to wagon tours of the goat test facility and research program — there will be an opportunity to taste recipes prepared with goat meat (chevon).   The recipes will be prepared by a local chef.

The event is free — but pre-registration is required.   To register, contact Pam Thomas at 301-432-2767  ext. 315 — or email Pam at:   pthomas@umd.edu

The Keedysville Research Center is the locaton of the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test — go to:  http://www.mdgoattest.blogspot.com/

This year (2014) there are 77 bucks (mostly Kiko) on test.

The tour will showcase the Center’s pen vs. pasture study — a 4-year project in which the performance and carcass characteristics of pen-fed goats and pasture-raised goats are being compared.   You will also see the new Hoop House.

This project is also very relevant to sheep producers.   When a shepherd raises livestock on grass — a good stand of warm season annual grasses must be established — and parasite control is vital.   Neither goats or sheep will grow if just raised on the normal bluegrass, orchard grass and fescue pastures on most farms.

The Twilight Tour & Tasting is sponsored by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.

2014 Howard County Fair – West Friendship, MD – Aug. 2-9, 2014 @ Howard County Fair
Aug 2 – Aug 9 all-day

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Plan on visiting the Howard County Fair — many attractions, entertainment, and all breeds of livestock shows — both 4-H shows and Open Class shows.

The Fairgrounds are located off I-70 and the Rte. 32 exit.

The Fair has all types of Contests — check the website for what is going on each day.

Go to the Howard County Fair website for more information.   www.howardcountyfair.org/

2014 Montgomery County Fair — Gaithersburg, MD — Aug. 8-16-2014 @ Montgomery County Fair
Aug 8 – Aug 16 all-day

2011 MC 4-H Show - McAgFair.11H17.117 (3) 491x328Each day, the Fair has a large number of Events.

You will especially enjoy the Pig Races held 4 times a day.

Check the Fair Schedule to see when the many livestock shows are held.

The 4-H and Open Class Goat and Sheep Shows are Tuesday – Wednesday and Thursday.

Photo:  4-H Event where the 4-H’er is showing a matched pair of lambs.  The Judge is evaluating the lambs.

Go to the Montgomery County Fair website for more information.

Frederick City — In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ Frederick City, MD -- In-The-Streets Festival
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

history-blockThe Frederick County Sheep Breeders (FCSB) will again participate in the In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 13, 2014. 

We’ll be in the Creek Side Market area — along the Carroll Creek Linear Park — just east of South Market Street.


The FCSB received a grant from the American Lamb Board to provide a half of lamb each to 4 restaurants in Frederick.   The 4 restaurants will sell various lamb sandwiches at the Festival and also feature lamb on their menus.   Go to the American Lamb Board for more information and their many recipes:   www.americanlamb.com 

Lambs will be processed at Hemp’s Meats in Jefferson.   www.hempsmeat.com

Rose Woodsmall and a group of FCSB members will be demonstrating their spinning and weaving talents.   Rose’s cell phone:  301-639-7914.

FCSB members 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 14 to 20, 2014 @ The Frederick County Fairgrounds
Sep 14 @ 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 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.

6.   The Open Class — Premier Exhibitor Champion Meat Breeds, Flock of 5 sheep.

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 FCSB families assist in the Sheep and Goat Barns during Fair Week.

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

Rose Hill Manor — Fall Open House — Oct. 4-5, 2014 @ Rose Hill Manor Park
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm

The Rose Hill Manor Farm, in Frederick, Maryland, has a Spring and a Fall Open House each year.

The Farm’s Fall Open House is Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, 2014.

Hours:  Saturday:  10 am to 4 pm.   Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm.

Sheep, goats, cows, chicks, bunnies and other livestock will be on display in the bank barn.  The Frederick County Sheep Breeders will provide ewes and their lambs in the bank barn.

There are many activities for the family — hay rides, tractor pull, music, visit the carriage museum, food, and activities for the kids.

Go to the Rose Hill Manor website for more information.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 

  http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=2893   Click on “Events”.

Frederick County Sheep Breeders Annual Dinner — Friday, November 7, 2014 @ Dutch's Daughter Restaurant, Frederick, MD
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dutch’s Daughter.   We have held our annual dinner at the Cozy Inn for many years.   Unfortunately, the owner decided to close the restaurant portion of the Cozy.   The FCSB Board looked at 6 possible venues, and decided on Dutch’s Daughter, in Frederick for this year’s annual dinner.

Dinner Announcements:   When FCSB members receive their 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 2015 dues.   An accurate dinner count is required.

Payment.   You can pay for your dinner and your 2015 FCSB membership dues at the door.

If not attending the dinner:   Please mail your 2015 membership dues to Dawn Richardson, FCSB Treasurer.   Dues are the same, $20.00 per 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.

6th. Annual 2014 Shepherd of the Year:   Presentation by Emily Chamelin, FCSB Vice President and her committee.  Past recipients are listed in the  Annual Dinner Program.

Family Entertainment:

Those all important Door Prizes:   Contact Charlotte Dutton (Blue Rock Farm) with your contribution.

Check out the Dutch’s Daughter website.  Photo is one of the banquet rooms.


Dutch's Daughter, large banquet room


Thanksgiving Dinner — Eat Lamb — Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 @ Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 27 @ 12:00 am – Nov 27 @ 11:30 pm

Turkey with Eat Lamb sign 350 x 525This Thanksgiving — give a turkey a break — eat lamb.  You get more drumsticks.

The turkey artwork was developed by Holly Porter, Marketing Department, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit.

Thanks Holly!

 Some Frederick County Sheep Breeders raise farm-fresh, locally raised, heritage breed Thanksgiving turkeys.

Go to the  “Search” box.   Type in turkeys or heritage breed turkeys — click “Go” and those farms that raise turkeys will be listed.