Both the farms are owned and operated by brothers, James and Robert Baerwolf along with our families. We are the third generation to farm this land that our grandfather purchased in 1946. Our parents have farmed here their entire lives and are still actively involved with the family operation even in their retirement years.
We are brothers in the truest sense, we both graduated from UW-Madison and began dairying immediately after college. We both also have wives named Jenny with three children in each of our families. We have all worked with dairy cattle since the time we were old enough to follow our parents around on the farm and this is where our great love for cows started. It is because of this background that we place the highest value on the well being of our animals and every farm-related decision must be good for the cows. The success of the families’ farm is directly related to how well the dairy cattle are taken care of. Our families have always farmed “with the cows taking center stage.” We feel strongly that all aspects of Sassy Cow Creamery should be no different…even the brand name conveys the attitude that it all starts with superior cows.
Our love for all dairying led us to a unique situation of having two distinct herds, traditional and organic. Our conventional herd has grown from 50 cows in the nineties to the current herd of 400 cows. These cattle live on a new farm site built in 1999 and expanded in 2003. They are milked in a parlor and housed in a sand bedded freestall barn. During the nice times of the year, cattle are allowed to go out on grass pastures to exercise or lay in the sun.
In 2000, we recognized the growing consumer trend of interest in organic foods so we took and grew a portion of our herd using organic practices. This herd consists of 100 cows and they live just one half mile north of the Sassy Cow Creamery location. The organic cows eat a considerable part of their diet from grass on the organic pastures located on this farm.
Each milking cow is tested monthly for milk quality so we can offer the safest and highest quality products to you. Prior to the creation of our creamery, our milk was put on a truck and pooled with other farms and that was the last we ever saw of it. But having such great pride in what we produce, we decided to bring our great milk all the way to the consumer themselves, and, therefore, Sassy Cow Creamery was built.