Welcome to the FCSB website.
There are many ways to find something.
1. On the right is the “Search” box. Type in the breed of sheep or goat, meat or wool products, other kinds of livestock, or services you’re looking for — click “Go” – and those farms will be displayed.
2. Click on “Meet Our Members”, and enjoy learning about each farm.
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.
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:
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.
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- −Rose Hill Manor Easter Egg Roll – Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ Rose Hill Manor Park11:00 am – 4:00 pm
What is an Easter Egg Roll without lambs, baby goats, bunnies, chicks and ducklings.
Each year, on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the Rose Hill Manor Park has an Easter Egg Roll for Kids. New this year — added an Easter Egg Roll event for the Adults.
Celebrate Spring — bring the kids to the Easter Egg Roll on Saturday, April 19th. Bring your Easter basket to fill with crafts and prizes. Participate in stories, songs and games. Enter the following age-appropriate egg rolls.
Must pre-register. Call 301-600-2936. Egg Roll Cost: $5.00 per child.
Age groups and times for their egg roll:
- 2-3 yr. old — 11:30 am
- 4-5 yr. old — 12:30 pm
- 6-8 yr. old — 1:30 pm
- 9-13 yr. old — 2:00 pm
- adults, 14 and older — 2:30 pm
Members of the Frederick County Sheep Breeders are providing the various baby animals to pet and have your picture taken with. The baby “critters” will be under the big red tent.
For more information, go to: http://www.rosehillmuseum.com/
Click on “Events” for more information.+11:00 amRose Hill Manor Easter Egg Roll – Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ Rose Hill Manor Park
- −Rose Hill Manor Farm — Spring Open House — April 26-27, 2014 @ Rose Hill Manor Park10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Farm’s Spring Open House is Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2014.
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 is providing sheep, lambs and goats.
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. Click on “Events”. www.rosehillmuseum.com
For information, phone: 301-600-2936
The Farm’s Fall Open House will be Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, 2014.+10:00 amRose Hill Manor Farm — Spring Open House — April 26-27, 2014 @ Rose Hill Manor Park
- −FCSB Food Concession Stand — Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 & Rte. 32 exit9:00 am – 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
Many of the FCSB members volunteer at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — many show their sheep — 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
+9:00 amFCSB Food Concession Stand — Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 & Rte. 32 exit
- −Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds -- I-70 and Rte. 32 exit9:00 am – 5:00 pm
For Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival information, go to: http://www.sheepandwool.org
+9:00 amMaryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds -- I-70 and Rte. 32 exit
- −Carcass Contest, Loin Eye Measurement — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Enter your best well-muscled lambs (ram lambs, ewe lambs, wethers) in the 2014 Carcass Contest. This is a live lamb evaluation.
Purpose: 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 2014 MD Sheep & Wool Festival catalog, or 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.+1:00 pmCarcass Contest, Loin Eye Measurement — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds
- −2014 Sheep & Goat Skill-A-Thon — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Sunday, May 4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 and Rte. 32 exit8:00 am – 2:00 pm
What is a Skill-A-Thon?
It consists of a series of stations where youth are tested on their knowledge and abilities related to sheep and goats.
68 youth from 5 states and 9 Maryland Counties competed in the 2013 Skill-A-Thon.
Photo: A team identifying wool samples. Very serious work.
Go to the information listed on website below and in the MD Sheep & Wool Festival catalog.
Registration starts at 8:00 am in the Dining Hall. The Skill-A-Thon runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Results and Award pesentations will be made at 2:00 pm in the Dining Hall.
The 2014 Sheep & Goat Skill-A-Thon includes the following 10 stations:
- Equipment Identification
- Feed and Forage Identification
- Breed Identification
- Meat Identification
- Fleece Judging
- Wool Identification
- Hay Evaluation and Judging
- You Be The Vet
- How much does stuff cost
- Written Test — 10 questions for juniors, 15 for Intermediates, and 20 for Seniors
The FCSB helps support the Skillathon by sponsoring the Breed Identification station.
Contact Susan Schoenian, 301-432-2767, ext. 343 to sign-up.
For more information, and study resources, go to: www.sheepandgoat.com/programs/skillathon/skillathon.html
+8:00 am2014 Sheep & Goat Skill-A-Thon — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Sunday, May 4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 and Rte. 32 exit
- −FCSB Spring Farm Tour — Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ England Acres (Judy & Jeff England), Mt. Airy, MD1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Frederick County Sheep Breeders has two Farm Tours each year — Spring and Fall.
Time: 1:oo pm to 4:00 pm
They raises Cheviot and Romney sheep to produce freezer lamb for their On-Farm Market and Bakery store — plus they produce chickens, eggs, vegetables, honey, beef, and much more.
England Acres — On-Farm Market and Bakery has fesh-baked goods and breads — and also sells bottled dairy products from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, PA.
For more information, go to the England Acres website: www.englandacres.com
Judy England’s email: Judy@englandacres.com
Judy’s cell phone: 240-674-2028
The 2013 FCSB Spring Farm Tour was at The BaaLands Farm, Susan Schoenian’s farm in Clear Spring, MD.+1:00 pmFCSB Spring Farm Tour — Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ England Acres (Judy & Jeff England), Mt. Airy, MD
- −FCSB Annual Picnic — Pleasant Grove Farm — Sunday, June 8, 2014 @ Pleasant Grove Farm (Jim & Mary Ann Peterson), Union Bridge, MD3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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, Mary Ann Peterson.
The Peterson’s have a very nice screened-in summer room next to their garden.
Photo: the Peterson’s unique 3-level bank barn. Go to the “Meet Our Members” tab – and scroll down to Pleasant Grove Farm — for more information about the farm’s history, and their sheep.
Mary Ann’s phone: 410-775-7753
The 2013 FCSB picnic was at Stillpoint Farm (Carol McConaughy and Tom Barse’s farm).+3:00 pmFCSB Annual Picnic — Pleasant Grove Farm — Sunday, June 8, 2014 @ Pleasant Grove Farm (Jim & Mary Ann Peterson), Union Bridge, MD
- −Farmers Co-Op Open House — Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ the Farmers Co-Op, Frederick, MD8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Some livestock feed, plus products in the store will be on sale.
Open House hours: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Complimentary hotdogs and drinks are provided.
The Frederick County Sheep Breeeders will have ewes, lambs and goats on display — and to talk sheep.
For more information, go to the Co-Op’s website: www.farmerscoop.com
When you have a question, contact Amy Stephens at the Co-Op.
Co-Op hours are: Monday to Friday — 8:00 am to 5:00 pm — Saturday, 8:00 am to noon.+8:00 amFarmers Co-Op Open House — Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ the Farmers Co-Op, Frederick, MD
- −Maryland-Delaware Wool Pool — Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ Maryland State Fairgrounds8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Wool Pool is sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association.
Wool Pool date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Location: Maryland State Fairgrounds, in the Cow Palace building. Enter the Fairgrounds from York Road, Rt. 45.
Bring your clean wool in black or clear plastic bags. Do not use the white woven plastic bags that livestock feed comes in — or your wool will be rejected.
Wool will be graded. No black wool.
- Long Fine
Photo: Joe Frey and David Greene checking the incoming wool.
Emily is a member of the Frederick County Sheep Breeders. Go to “Meet Our Members” and scroll down to “Chamelin Shearing Services” for more information. Or, just type in Chamelin in the Search Box.+8:00 amMaryland-Delaware Wool Pool — Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ Maryland State Fairgrounds