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:

  • Promote sheep, goat and lamb activities in Maryland.
  • Improve registered and commercial breeding stock, and market lambs.
  • Promote and support the area’s farm flocks.
  • Promote the fiber industry and wool industry in Maryland.
  • Be a resource for 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.                                                               

  • e-mail:    NCStarkey@aol.com                                                                                              
  • website:   www.trialanderroracres.com    

The Home Page banner photo is changed each month.

Upcoming Events

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Agenda

  1. Apr
    26
    Sat
    2014

    1. Rose Hill Manor Farm — Spring Open House — April 26-27, 2014 @ Rose Hill Manor Park
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      farm cow with children 540x360The Rose Hill Manor Farm, in Frederick, Maryland, has a Spring and a Fall Open House each year.

      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.

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      10:00 am
      Rose Hill Manor Farm — Spring Open House — April 26-27, 2014 @ Rose Hill Manor Park
  2. May
    3
    Sat
    2014

    1. FCSB Food Concession Stand — Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 & Rte. 32 exit
      9:00 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

      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 — 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

       

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      9:00 am
      FCSB Food Concession Stand — Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 & Rte. 32 exit
    2. Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds -- I-70 and Rte. 32 exit
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      For Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival information, go to:   http://www.sheepandwool.org

       

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      9:00 am
      Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival — May 3-4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds -- I-70 and Rte. 32 exit
    3. Carcass Contest, Loin Eye Measurement — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Scanning a Suffolk lambAre your genetics producing the well-muscled lambs you want, and improving your breeding stock?

      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.

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      1:00 pm
      Carcass Contest, Loin Eye Measurement — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Saturday, May 3, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds
  3. May
    4
    Sun
    2014

    1. 2014 Sheep & Goat Skill-A-Thon — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Sunday, May 4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 and Rte. 32 exit
      8:00 am – 2:00 pm

      2008 Identifying Wool Samples 500x470

      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.

      website:  http://www.sheepandwool.org/events_detail.php?eid=417

      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:

      1. Equipment Identification
      2. Feed and Forage Identification
      3. Breed Identification
      4. Meat Identification
      5. Fleece Judging
      6. Wool Identification
      7. Hay Evaluation and Judging
      8. You Be The Vet
      9. How much does stuff cost
      10. 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

       

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      2014 Sheep & Goat Skill-A-Thon — MD Sheep & Wool Festival — Sunday, May 4, 2014 @ the Howard County Fairgrounds, I-70 and Rte. 32 exit
  4. May
    18
    Sun
    2014

    1. FCSB Spring Farm Tour — Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ England Acres (Judy & Jeff England), Mt. Airy, MD
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Frederick County Sheep Breeders has two Farm Tours each year — Spring and Fall.

      The Spring Farm Tour will be at Judy & Jeff England’s farm — England Acres, on Detrick Road, just north of I-70, and east of Rte. 75.long shot view of farm 250x187

      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.

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      1:00 pm
      FCSB Spring Farm Tour — Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ England Acres (Judy & Jeff England), Mt. Airy, MD
  5. Jun
    8
    Sun
    2014

    1. FCSB Annual Picnic — Pleasant Grove Farm — Sunday, June 8, 2014 @ Pleasant Grove Farm (Jim & Mary Ann Peterson), Union Bridge, MD
      3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Pleasant Grove Farm - 3 Level Bank Barn, Fountain School Rd 432x288The 2014 Annual Picnic will be hosted by Mary Ann & Jim Peterson at their Pleasant Grove Farm, on Sunday afternon, June 8, 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,  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

      Email:   JHPeterson40@gmail.com

      The 2013 FCSB picnic was at Stillpoint Farm (Carol McConaughy and Tom Barse’s farm).

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      3:00 pm
      FCSB Annual Picnic — Pleasant Grove Farm — Sunday, June 8, 2014 @ Pleasant Grove Farm (Jim & Mary Ann Peterson), Union Bridge, MD
  6. Jun
    14
    Sat
    2014

    1. Farmers Co-Op Open House — Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ the Farmers Co-Op, Frederick, MD
      8:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Farmers CoOp - photo of grain elevators (2) 577x386Each year the Farmers Co-Op in Frederick, MD has an Open House on a Saturday in early June.

      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.

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      8:00 am
      Farmers Co-Op Open House — Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ the Farmers Co-Op, Frederick, MD
  7. Jun
    18
    Wed
    2014

    1. Maryland-Delaware Wool Pool — Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ Maryland State Fairgrounds
      8:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The Wool Pool is sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association.

      grade loose wool 512x384Emily Chamelin is the new Wool Pool Manager.

      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
      • Medium
      • Coarse
      • Shorts

      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.

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      Maryland-Delaware Wool Pool — Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ Maryland State Fairgrounds
  8. Sep
    13
    Sat
    2014

    1. Frederick City — In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ Frederick City, MD -- In-The-Streets Festival
      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.   www.celebratefrederick.com/events/in-the-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 roving, many varieties of hand-spun yarns, woolen hand-knits, woolen blankets, and figurines made with wool.

      The FCSB will also have a group of lambs in a pen —  to demonstrate how sheep are sheared and their hooves trimmed.    These demonstrations will be held throughout the day.

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      Frederick City — In-The-Streets Festival — Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ Frederick City, MD -- In-The-Streets Festival