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

February – September 2015

Sheepman Supply Open House & Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 @ Sheepman Supply,
Feb 14 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

heat lamp with plastic guard 164x300

Take a break from your lambing chores and cleaning the barn to meet fellow shepherds for a complimentary breakfast hosted by Bob & Charlotte Dinsmore and their staff — at the Ceresville New Holland Dealership and Sheepman Supply, 8102 Liberty Road (Rt. 26), Frederick, MD 21701.

Saturday, February 14, 2015.   Complimentary pancake and sausage breakfast served from 8:30 am to noon.

Start making up your list for needed Spring livestock supplies and equipment.   Discount Policy:  sheep, goat, livestock supplies — 9% discount if pay with a credit card — or 11% discount if you pay by cash or good check.

Why Use this type of Heat Lamp.   A couple of years back a large barn in Culpepper, Virginia burned down, killing a lot of sheep.   The cause of the barn fire was the old style heat lamp that a ewe knocked around, the bulb shattered, and started the fire.   Consider using these Premier brand heat lamps.

Call Kathy Gordon, Sheepman Supply, 301-662-4197, with your questions and to order any special items in advance, so they arrive in time for the Open House.

Sheep and goat producers — you can join the Frederick County Sheep Breeders (FCSB) at this event.   The FCSB’s has members from 6 counties,  and a few members from PA, VA, and WVA.   Even have a few members who don’t have any sheep or goats — they are into fleeces, wool, spinning, yarns, and woolen products.

Also, pick up your 2015-2016 Frederick County Sheep Breeder Directories — and meet fellow shepherds.

Go to the Sheepman Supply website for their full product line.   And if you don’t see what you need, contact Kathy Gordon, 301-662-4197.



Fiber Arts Demonstrations at Frederick County Ag. Week — Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 @ Francis Scott Key Mall
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4 Spinners on the Stage 350x262Rose Woodsmall, Patty Sanville and their group of spinners and weavers will be demonstrating the various Fiber Arts, including:  the spinning process, weaving, felting, knitting, crocheting, and dying yarn.

Location:  FSK Mall – in the large Center Court area – Saturday, Feb. 21 – 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Ag. Week at the FSK Mall runs from Monday, Feb. 16th. to Saturday, Feb. 21st., is well attended.

The Fiber Arts demonstrations  are on Saturday, and are a good opportunity to talk to shepherds and watch them demonstrate and explain the wonders of wool, other animal fibers, and observe the skills needed in the Fiber Arts.

Come watch the experts, ask questions, see their various products.  Take a wool product home to keep you warm and toasty.

Frederick County Ag. Week runs all week from Feb. 16-21, 2015.

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

2. Chamelin Shearing a Ewe  488x366

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.



Rose Hill Manor Easter Egg Roll & Farm’s Spring Open House – Saturday, April 19, 2015 – Frederick, MD @ Rose Hill Manor Park
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Rose Hill Manor Easter Egg Roll 2013  400x267

What is an Easter Egg Roll without lambs, baby goats, cows, bunnies, chicks and ducklings.

Each year, on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the Rose Hill Manor Park has an Easter Egg Roll for Kids.   In 2014 added an Easter Egg Roll event for the  Adults.

Top Photo:  The Egg Roll event has 4 age groups, plus an adult event.

Bottom Photo:  Anne Shroeder, Star Gazing Farm & Animal Sanctuary, is explaining the shearing process of a lamb to a group of very interested kids.

Anne Explains Shearing a Lamb (3) 400x333

This year, the 2015 Easter Egg Roll is combined with the Rose Hill Manor Farm Spring Open House.   See farm animals, watch sheep being sheared and their hooves trimmed, there will be hay rides, tractor pull and more.

Celebrate Spring in 2015 — 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.

For the Easter Egg Roll — 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 in the bank barn — and out for walks.

Lamb on a Halter, all Smiles (2) 396x297

Use MapQuest for directions.

For more information, go to:   http://www.rosehillmuseum.com/

Click on “Events” for more information.

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.

Farmers Co-Op Open House — Saturday, June 13, 2015 — Frederick, Maryland @ the Farmers Co-Op, Frederick, MD
Jun 13 @ 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 13, 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 9th., for pick-up on Saturday, June 13th.

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/