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Creating milk with the wonderful flavors of Wisconsin pastures

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Creating milk with the wonderful flavors of Wisconsin pastures

About pastureland cooperative

PastureLand is a small cooperative of family-operated grass-based farms located in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland. We are committed to the sustainability of our land, our cows, and our family health by working with the seasonality of nature.

During the grazing season, April through November, PastureLand makes a Greek-style non-homomgenized yogurt. The yogurt has a thick top layer of flavorful golden cream. Also, from Pastureland, salted and unsalted butters, and our own butterkäse cheese called Peace of Pasture.

COWS.

The foundation of each of our family farms is quality of life, both for us and for our cows. We manage our farms using a whole farm approach, resulting in better working conditions for people and animals. We are proud to produce natural, delicious dairy products in a way that regenerates the earth and keeps us excited about dairy farming in Wisconsin.

GRASS.

PastureLand has adopted strong grass standards and is committed to producing pasture grazed products only when:

• Cows eat over 60% of their food as fresh pasture daily
• Each farm provide over 1.5 acres per cow
for ample grazing pastures
• No silage fed during the grazing season
• Fencing are moved every 12 hours to allow fresh, mature grass to cows
• No farm uses rBGH

FAMILY.

The foundation of each of our family farms is quality of life, both for us and for our cows. We manage our farms using a whole farm approach, resulting in better working conditions for people and animals. We are proud to produce natural, delicious dairy products in a way that regenerates the earth and keeps us excited about dairy farming in Wisconsin.

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GRASS.


Promoting pasture-grazed dairying is at the heart of our cooperative

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Promoting pasture-grazed dairying is at the heart of our cooperative

Our cows love it. We love it. We hope you love it too. Fresh air, sunshine, exercise and grazing are all in a day’s work at PastureLand Cooperative farms. As weather permits, cows get to do their thing (which just happens to be grazing, socializing, and resting) on beautiful Southern Wisconsin pastures filled with green alfalfa, orchard grass and clover.

Eating what’s fresh and in season. April – November the season when the cows are giving the most nutritious and flavorful milk, so that is when we limit our dairy production of yogurt, cheese and butter. They eat only fresh grasses with small treats of corn and dried forages, like hay. They are never fed silage.

Here’s to your health. Feeding on pasture mean our cows' milk naturally has more Omega-3 (for heart health) and CLA (cancer-preventitive) than ordinary milk. You will never find rBGH or antibiotics in our products either.

Hey, neighbor. We’re a small group of family farms committed bringing the best to those around us. Drop us a line. Say, “Hi.”

 

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FAMILY.


It’s who we are, why we farm and the way we want to live

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FAMILY.


It’s who we are, why we farm and the way we want to live

                              Carrie, Cory & Calvin Brekken

                              Carrie, Cory & Calvin Brekken

Meet The Brekkens

Town of Dunn, WI

Cory and Carrie, and their young son Calvin, operate a grass-based dairy farm owned by Marlen and Arlene Junck in the Town of Dunn next to the Gausman farm. Cory grew up on a conventional dairy farm near Edgerton, and has been farming on the Junck farm since 2000. They milk about 60 cows and operate 200 acres on a seasonal schedule where the cows are dry in January and February each year. Their herd is a mix of breeds that are good grazers. They start animals grazing as young calves in the fenced-in front yard. Cory and Carrie became patrons of the coop in the spring of 2008.


Bill Gausman, Heather, Henry, Jon & Claire Rattmann, Roz, Anders & Hans Gausman.

Bill Gausman, Heather, Henry, Jon & Claire Rattmann, Roz, Anders & Hans Gausman.

Meet the gausmans

Town of Dunn, WI

Bill Gausman grew up on family dairy farm in the Town of Dunn in Dane County, Wisconsin. In 1981, when his parents retired from farming, he was excited to leave his job as a glazier in the construction field and return to a life of farming. His wife, Roz, and their two children, Hans and Heather, have many great memories of life on the farm, whether it was doing farm chores together or having a winter picnic in the snow, while getting fire wood.

The first ten years, Bill and Roz ran a more conventional farm operation but were interested in sustainable farming with a more seasonal schedule.


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Meet tim pauli

BELLEVILLE, WI

Tim began grazing in 1992, on his beautiful 109 acre farm nestled in Dane County. The farm includes 35 acres of wooded hillside and 72 acres of farmland. Tim has continued his families’ history of five generations of dairying in the United States since emigrating from Switzerland, where they farmed in a similar manner.

Tim’s farm has consistently produced a high net income per acre and per cow, sustaining his 27 milking head via grazing the land from April until late November.


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Meet The paris’S

Belleville, WI

Bert and Trish Paris began dairy farming conventionally in 1983. From humble beginnings in a share-operation, they moved to a 60 acre, rental operation in 1985. In 1992, the couple purchased their current 137-acre family farm in Belleville, Wisconsin. Bert and Trish have four children: Becky, Meagan, Adam, and Dylan – all who have helped on the farm. Bert is actively involved in the grazing movement, serving on several boards and committees. Bert has an Ag-Education degree from UW-River Falls and Trish has a Bachelors degree in Nursing from UW-Eau Claire.