2020 MOSES Organic Field Day

Do the Numbers:  Organic Dairy

Wednesday, June 24 |  12:45 p.m.  |  Free |  Online

Bossie Cow Farm
Random Lake, Wisconsin



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Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker have a small, family-run, diversified organic dairy farm in the rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin.

For this field day, they’ll share how they manage their grass-based, organic dairy. They’ll cover:

  • Pasture management
  • Conservation practices
  • Pollinator habitat
  • Livestock health
  • Some of the financials to think about when running a grass-based dairy farm

In addition, Jon Winsten, an ag-economist with Winrock International and The Pasture Project, will talk about the economics of grazing. Jon is working on a project examining Upper Midwest dairy farm financial case studies—from confinement to pasture-based operations.


June 18: MOSES Organic Farming Podcast will feature a conversation with Thelma and Ricky.
We’ll post a link to that episode here.


Videos from Bossie Cow Farm:



Thelma Heidel-Baker and Ricky Baker, Bossie Cow Farm

Ricky Baker and Thelma Heidel-Baker are the farmers at Bossie Cow Farm, a grass-based and certified organic diversified dairy farm in southern Sheboygan County, WI. Their focus is to maintain healthy pastures to ensure healthy livestock. They use managed grazing across the 84-acres of the farm, raising dairy and beef cows, pigs, and chickens on pasture. On their farm, you can also find two children, two farm dogs, and a wealth of other farm creatures.


Jon Winsten, Winrock International & The Pasture Project

Jon Winsten is an agricultural and environmental economist with over 20 years of experience. His focus has been on the issues of water quality and climate change, particularly the adoption of technology for reducing production costs and improving environmental performance at the farm level, and agri-environmental policy analysis and development. At Winrock International, Winsten leads several projects related to agri-environmental policy, economic incentives for environmental performance from agriculture and sustainable livestock production systems. He has taught courses and worked in the U.S., Central and South America, and Asia.


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