Company history of the family business Ullrichs Putenhof

After World War I, the Klemm family moved with their two children Adolf (6 years) and Hannelore (2 years) from Reichartshausen (Baden-Württemberg) to Silesia. The farmers' association of Baden had called for this and awakened in the young farmers the desire to buy a farm there. They felt at home in Silesia and built up a prosperous farm. However, the turmoil of the 2nd World War put an end to all hopes. The father Herrmann Klemm was drafted into the Wehrmacht and became a Russian prisoner of war in Siberia. His wife and children fled from the Russian army across Germany on February 9, 1945 with 2 horses and a covered wagon. On 27.11.1945 they arrived in Helmstadt. Since Mrs. Klemm came from Helmstadt (Baden), she tried to find accommodation there as a refugee with her children. She and her children found accommodation with her brother.

Herrmann Klemm returned from Russian captivity starved and emaciated.

Already at the beginning of the year he wanted to become independent again and built from June on a house in the Meerweinstr. 15 in Helmstadt (today's location of Ullrichs Putenhof).

With the help of the agricultural office the farm building, the stables and the barn of the farm were built. Thus the foundation was laid. The daughter married Alfred Ullrich in the same year. He then became a partner in the farm. In addition to the cultivation of various plants and grains, horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks were kept.

Hermann Klemm died at the age of 56 from an illness he had contracted during his imprisonment. In the course of the following years the married couple Hannelore and Alfred Ullrich had 5 children. Four daughters and a son named Friedhelm Ullrich. The son completed an apprenticeship as a farmer at a large pig fattening company. Later he worked as a sales representative for a feed company in Ludwigshafen and came into contact with turkey fatteners for the first time. One evening he came home with the idea of building his own turkey house. This was a completely new perspective and also a big challenge for his parents. However, after much deliberation, they both agreed and put up the necessary collateral for a loan.

the first turkey barn was then built. At that time the animals were only raised for one customer, a slaughterhouse.

Friedhelm Ullrich married Helga Schwarz, whom he met in Ludwigshafen at his former employer. In the following years the couple had two children(Matthias and Marina).

Handover + construction of 2nd turkey house
: Alfred Ullrich handed over the business to his son Friedhelm Ullrich. As the turkey business was going well, another turkey barn was built in the same year.

Opening of the 1st farm shop
: Due to a strong price decline in the past years and monopoly-like structures (only one buyer of the turkeys) more and more turkeys had to be barned in order to generate the same turnover. As they did not want to bow to the pressure of the slaughterhouse any longer, they started to slaughter animals themselves and to sell the meat in their own farm shop. In addition to pure turkey meat, the company soon added its own handmade products to its range. Soon after, a first sales vehicle was purchased and the first weekly market in Eberbach was started.

Extension of the farm shop
: The concept worked and was so successful that they had to more than double the small farm shop with attached production facility. In the meantime, they had completely separated from the slaughterhouse. As a result, the animals still have more than twice as much space as they had in typical turkey fattening in the years before. In the years that followed, two more sales vehicles were gradually purchased. Since the customers of Ullrich's turkey farm are very health-conscious, they switched to home-grown feed (wheat, corn and soy). For this purpose, the fields, some of which were still owned by Herrmann Klemm, were now sensibly integrated into the overall concept. Only soya was bought in from abroad.

In the meantime, the son Matthias Ullrich had completed his education in the field of IT. Due to the great demand for the products of Ullrich's turkey farm, he had the idea to open the first online shop for turkey meat in Germany. At first, the idea of selling turkey meat online and sending it by parcel post was somewhat unusual, but this idea established itself as a successful third pillar in the overall concept. Since then, customers from all over Germany have been buying turkey meat from Ullrichs Putenhof.

After Marina Ullrich completed her training as a youth and home educator and Matthias Ullrich completed his business studies with a focus on purchasing and logistics, they both joined the family business Ullrichs Putenhof.

The Ullrich family has always been environmentally conscious. Therefore, they have tried in a pilot project in the sunniest region of Germany now also German soy to grow. The aim was to grow soy without genetic engineering which did not require long transports from overseas. The project was a success, so that since 2013 soy has been grown and fed on the company's own farm.

As the old shop system was unfortunately no longer being developed further, we switched to a much more modern system and also redesigned the online shop.

On 01.01.2016 the company Ullrichs Putenhof was taken over by Mr Klaus Winkler. Mr. Winkler had previously worked for many years at Ullrichs Putenhof as a production manager in the area of sausage production. The concept of Ullrichs Putenhof will be continued by Mr. Winkler. Thus, the quality remains secured for the future.

On 04.10. Ullrichs Putenhof took over the Sinsheim branch in the city centre from the butchery Steidel from Düren.

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