Archive | Managed Grazing

An interdisciplinary team of WICST researchers worked with Altfrid and Sue Krusenbaum to evaluate their seasonal, grass-based dairy operation. Also includes WICST pasture summaries

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 »

Rotational Grazing with Dairy Heifers on WICST: Pasture and Heifer Productivity (1993-2004)

Whereas more and more of the milk stream is coming from large dairies with more than 1000 animal units (1 AU=1000 lb cow), managed (rotational) grazing is an increasingly important part of the landscape. In a recent study by PATS, researchers reported that managed grazing farms consistently generated more farm income and had lower [...] 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 »

Rotational Grazing with Dairy Heifers on WICST: Pasture Productivity, Heifer Weight Gain And Profitability ( 2000-2006)

Profitable livestock production is the objective of all forage systems. Managed grazing continues to be an attractive option for many because of its relatively low capital investment as well as the aesthetically pleasing and appealing lifestyle it offers. Authors: Janet Hedtcke, Josh Posner 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 »

WICST Intensive Rotational Grazing of Dairy Heifers in 1997 and 1998

Of the three dairy systems represented in the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST), rotational grazing is the lowest input system. Pastures were established at the Lakeland Agricultural Complex (LAC) and the Arlington Agricultural Research Station (ARS) in 1990. Initially, species included red clover, smooth bromegrass and timothy; later, orchardgrass, perennial ryegrass and [...] More »