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

Jun
6
Sat
2015
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.  There is a 20 bag limit.

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.

Jun
14
Sun
2015
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).

Sep
12
Sat
2015
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.

www.celebratefrederick.com/events/in-the-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

 

Sep
13
Sun
2015
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/

Nov
6
Fri
2015
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