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Ulf owns and operates White Clover Sheep Farm and breeds and raises grass-fed White Dorper sheep and Kiko goats 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 www.whitecloversheepfarm.com. He can be reached by e-mail at ulf@whitecloversheepfarm.com or by phone during “calling hour” specified on his answering machine at 585-554-3313. 

How to Catch a Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 5, 2021

Think like a sheep and you will be able to catch it. How often have you been outsmarted by a sheep when you tried to catch it? Here is some advice on how to win that battle of minds. Sheep are not stupid like many people claim. In a sheep’s world, all of what it…

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When Is a Weed a Weed?

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 5, 2021

Determining which pasture weeds are nutritious additions and which are undesirable.  Weeds are called weeds because we named them that way. The word “weed” suggests they are undesirable. However, not all weeds are created equal. This article addresses that.  Perennial pasture never contains just the planted and desirable forage species like the grass species and the legumes that…

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These White Dorper rams need very little input to maintain their body weight throughout the year.

Caring for Rams Beyond Breeding Season

By Ulf Kintzel  / January 11, 2021

How to care for a ram once your breeding season has ended.  It is winter right now and your breeding season has probably ended. What should be done with your ram or rams? According to the questions I receive, the first inclination of people is to remove the ram from the flock. My advice is to leave the ram with the ewes after the official…

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A few sheep drink out of a low trough.

Watering the Flock

By Ulf Kintzel  / October 20, 2020

How to provide drinking water for sheep. If you have sought any sort of consultation in how to set up a grazing system for sheep, you will likely have been advised to lay waterlines to provide drinking water to the flock. In this article, I will lay out an alternative way to accomplish the same without going…

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Guardian Dogs for Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 20, 2020

Guarding means that the dog views the livestock as members of its own pack.   In 2011, I wrote an article for the Small Farms Quarterly about “Livestock Guardian Dogs.” In the past nine years I gained many additional insights and had new experiences, which I want to share in this new article. A heavy…

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Twinning lambs

Why Twinning in Lambs is a Winning Combination

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 6, 2020

A sheep that twins means increased farm profit.  One of the most productive measures of a ewe is her ability to have twins instead of just having one lamb. A sheep that twins is more likely to make you a profit. A sheep that has consistently just one lamb may cause you to lose money.  So, you would want as many ewes as…

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Grazing Goats with Your Flock of Sheep

By Ulf Kintzel  / January 13, 2020

The benefits of keeping Kiko goats with sheep. People who pass by my farm are often surprised to see goats in my flock of White Dorper sheep. “Why do you have goats?” they most often ask, if they can spot them.  So, why do I have goats? Goats have a different grazing behavior than sheep. They prefer coarser plants. They love to browse.…

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hay feeder goat panel

Save Money with DIY Hay Feeders

By Ulf Kintzel  / October 7, 2019

Sharing the design of hay feeders for round bales and logistics of feeding hay to sheep in the winter. Various companies offer round bale hay feeders for sheep. They all have one characteristic in common: they cost a lot of money. I have been using self-made hay feeders made from livestock panels for two decades.…

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Several sheep grazing in a field.

Track Sheep Bloodlines During Breeding Season

By Ulf Kintzel  / July 1, 2019

How to effectively use breeding harnesses and spray paint for sheep. A customer of mine asked me: “Do you use a breeding harness for your ram?” She did and had problems keeping it on the ram. Her question prompted me to write this article, explaining how I make certain that I know which ram breeds…

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How Crayons Inspired My Sheep Tracking System

By Ulf Kintzel  / April 1, 2019

An introduction on how to use color and number code ear tags for sheep. The USDA decided years ago to combat Scrapie, a disease similar to Mad Cow Disease that affects sheep and goats. In its effort to do so, it became law in the United States that you must get a premise ID number…

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