Posts by Ulf Kintzel 

Ulf owns and operates White Clover Sheep Farm and breeds and raises grass-fed White Dorper sheep without any grain feeding and offers breeding stock suitable for grazing. He is a native of Germany and lives in the US since 1995. He farms in the Finger Lakes area in upstate New York. His website address is He can be reached by e-mail at or by phone during “calling hour” indicated on the answering machine at 585-554-3313.
SFQ Sheep Die Deworming

Why Sheep Die

By Ulf Kintzel  / January 8, 2024

There are two leading causes of death for sheep, according to thisfarmer’s experience Selling young White Dorper breeding stock inevitably brings the expected follow-up calls when buyers have questions after the purchase. This is especially true when a new sheep farmer ran into problems and a sheep dies. While sheep can die of many causes,…

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SFQ grazing sheep winter

Extending The Grazing Season Beyond Growing Season

By Ulf Kintzel  / October 2, 2023

How To Do It And To What End Extending the grazing season well beyond the end of growing season is a desirable goal when raising sheep on pasture. Feeding stored feed like dry hay and haylage over the winter is costly. Extending the grazing season can reduce these winter-feeding costs. There are various ways to…

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SFQ sheep pregnancy

Hypocalcemia versus Pregnancy Toxemia in Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 3, 2023

A downed sheep is a dead sheep. Towards the end of pregnancy, a ewe may go down and will be unable to get back up. Common perception is when a sheep is down, it will die. It doesn’t have to be that way. A pregnant ewe just weeks from giving birth going down and being…

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Red clover has the added benefit of being relatively drought resistant. Ulf Kintzel / White Clover Sheep Farm

Pasture Mix for Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 3, 2023

What grass and legume species are liked by sheep and are easily established?  A recurring question I receive is the one of what grass and legume species to choose when a pasture is being reseeded. Exotic names are being tossed around and I am being asked my opinion. Pasture mixes that are offered by various…

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SFQ Dorset Sheep

Introduction to Sheep Breeds

By Ulf Kintzel  / January 16, 2023

Where does your sheep breed come from originally? There are many different sheep breeds worldwide. Their many different looks, sizes and production records were shaped by their purpose and by the environment in which they were bred and raised. In this article I attempt an introduction to the history of sheep breeds.   Wool Sheep…

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White Dorper Ram and Texel Ram Photo

Upgrading a Flock of Hair Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / October 3, 2022

When you want a breed of sheep but can’t find a place to buy them By Ulf Kintzel Hair sheep that shed and do not require shearing and are able to thrive on forage have been in high demand for many years now. High and relatively stable lamb prices have added to the demand. White Dorper…

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SFQ white dorper ram

Buying a Ram for Breeding Purposes

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 4, 2022

Discover what traits to look for in a ram. A German proverb states: “The ram is half the flock.” Since a ram can breed dozens of ewes during a breeding season, his quality is more important than the quality of any individual ewe in that same flock. Yet, the purchase of a ram is for…

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SFQ Flock Grazing

Pasture Rest

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 4, 2022

How long should my pasture rest before I graze it again? After a pasture cell has been grazed it should rest that the plants in it can regrow, restore nutrients, and stay viable. How long the pasture rest should be, depends on the time of year. Pasture rest in humid climate like in New England,…

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SFQ long tail sheep feeding

Docking Sheep Tails

By Ulf Kintzel  / January 10, 2022

Is docking sheep tails always necessary? Docking a sheep’s tail is the common practice of shortening the length of the tail. For practical reasons it is done to avoid fly strike and to reduce fecal soiling. Fly strike occurs when blow flies lay their eggs in soiled and wet wool, mostly around a soiled and…

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SFQ sheep mastitis

Mastitis in Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / October 4, 2021

How to Reduce Cases of Mastitis in Your Flock Mastitis is an inflammation of the udder caused by bacteria. It leads to a loss of milk production and the quality of the milk is affected. Depending on the various bacteria that can cause mastitis, it will be more or less severe. In most cases I…

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