Krusen Grass Farms is a 470-acre farm, operated by Sue and Altfrid Krusenbaum. We raise 40 head of grass-fed and grass-finished steers a year, which we market directly to the end customer. Since selling our dairy cows in the fall of 2014, we are also producing high quality hay and small grains for fellow Organic Valley members.
We farm organically with a biodynamic philosophy. Biodynamics looks at the farm as an organism with the goal in mind to develop a self-sustaining farm “individuality”. No synthetic fertilizers, farm chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are used on the land. No antibiotics or hormones are used on the animals. Our belief is that farming with nature trumps farming against it. We have been in business since 1990 and have been using management intensive grazing since 1992.
Animal and Dairy Sciences
After graduating in animal and dairy sciences in Germany, Altfrid immigrated to the US in 1986 to marry Sue and pursue his dream of farming. Sue (nee Zinniker) grew up on the oldest biodynamic dairy farm in the US near East Troy, Wisconsin.
The farm consists of 300 grazable acres and 140 acres of forage and small grains. There is a 10-acre woodlot and the balance are hedges, a pond, lanes and buildings. Our grazing land is divided in paddocks of 3 to 6 acres in size. We allocate pasture once daily, using portable fencing (the dairy cows were moved to fresh pasture 3 times/day). There is water in all paddocks.
In the winter cattle overwinter outside, protected by windbreaks and are fed high quality forage right in the paddock. Once a day they are brought into the yard for water.
Krusen Grass Farms has a strong commitment to advocating grass-based farming and organic farming practices both to producers and consumers. Having trained interns and share-milkers for their whole career, Altfrid and Sue are still finding ways to help the next generation get started in farming. We raised three children on the farm, Antony (Tony), Julia and Justin who are now pursuing their own dreams in the world.
Since retiring from managing dairy cows, Altfrid took up a job as an Education Coordinator for Eastern Wisconsin with the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program. He is also providing consulting services in dairy grazing, grass-finishing beef, organic management and on-farm profitability in the upper Midwest and Mideast.
Krusen Grass Farms is leased on a long-term lease from Yggdrasil Land Foundation. “Biodynamics and organic farm preservation for the future of agriculture and the earth.”