Archive | Krusenbaum Farm

Recognizing the difficulty of representing a rotational grazing system on small experimental plots, WICST early on decided to study the system in greater depth at a nearby farm. Altfrid and Sue Krusenbaum started farming in 1990, and in that year members of the WICST project and others formed a team to study their operation. Several times a year various researchers (in economics, dairy science, dairy forage, soils, agronomy, agro-ecology) meet with the farm family to discuss the progress of the farm, results of data analysis, and past and upcoming management decisions. The result is an in-depth portrait of a complex and evolving dairy enterprise.

Krusenbaum Farm Project Update

This case study documents the start-up of a successful alternative dairy farm in Wisconsin. Initially the vision was to establish a 97-hectare biodynamic farm with dairy and cash cropping. Low milk prices throughout most of 1991 and the heavy workload associated with conventional dairying forced the farm family to look for alternative strategies. [...] More »

Krusenbaum Farm Machinery Analysis, 1990-98

The machinery inventory has changed much throughout this study primarily due few changes in cropping and livestock enterprises on the Krusenbaum Farm. During the transition from intensive cropping to grazing, the little used machines have been sold and nearly all the remaining machines are used on a large number of acres. When machines [...] More »

Soil Test Trends from Permanent Stations at the Krusenbaum Farm

INTRODUCTION In March of 1990, the Krusenbaum family leased a dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin and purchased the existing herd of 37 Holsteins. Their original plan was to establish a mixed farm that included dairying, cash crops, tree crops and vegetables. This endeavor proved to be too labor intensive and by the end of [...] More »

A Constant Goal, Changing Strategies: The Krusenbaum Dairy Farm (1996-2005)

This case study documents the trajectory of a successful alternative dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin. The 1990’s were a difficult period for dairying and the Krusenbaum family entered this shifting field in 1990 with a 37 cow Holstein herd in a stanchion barn, 88 tillable hectares and a vision to gradually develop a biodynamic [...] More »

Effect of Aeration on Yield and Quality of Pasture Forage at the Krusenbaum Farm.

Forage yield has been lower than expected on the intensively managed pasture at the Krusenbaum farm in recent years. One hypothesis was that heavy stocking rates have resulted in surface soil compaction adversely affecting forage yield and through reduced legume growth-forage quality as well. It was decided to see if mechanical aeration of the surface [...] More »

Machinery Analysis Report, 1990-1999

This report gives a summary of the machinery line and use from 1990-1999 on the Krusenbaum farm and how it relates to overall farm operations. Author: Ron Schuler More »

Monitoring Cattle Performance on Pasture on the Krusenbaum Farm

Animal weight gain is monitored over several years and season to gauge performance with pasture as the main source of nutrients. More »

Evaluation of Potassium Fertilization for Improved Forage: Yield and Quality

Forage yield in the intensive, rotationally grazed (IGR) system used on the Krusenbaum Farm has been lower than expected, even several years after the transition from a conventional dairy system. Periodic soil sampling has indicated the farm has low levels of soil test potassium (STK) under the University of Wisconsin soil analysis/fertility recommendation system. Available [...] More »

Krusenbaum Dairy Herd Health and Production Report, 1997 and 1998

This report summarizes major production and health results of the Krusenbaum dairy herd for calendar years 1997 and 1998. The report is based upon Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) records from AgSource and upon field investigation reports from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine Author: Ken Nordlund, DMV More »