Frequently Asked Questions
Does Crave Brothers have a store?
No. We do not have a store. You can order online from our online store.
What makes your farm different from others?
We are proud of our sustainable story. We are naturally taking care of the land by recycling cows' waste as well as whey from the cheese factory as fertilizer for our crops, electricity for the community , cow bedding and potting soil.
Who manages the farm?
Brothers Charles, Tom, Mark manage the farm along with the next generation Patrick, Andy, and Jordan Crave. They each specialize in taking care if different areas including field crops, machinery, animal care, employee management, and farm records. We are proud to be a family business and are thankful for our hard working employees.
How many cows are on the farm?
Crave Brothers manages 2,200 dairy cows, with over 1,900 of those milking at any given time on the farm and raise about an additional 1,300 young heifers and calves.
How long do your cows live and what do they eat?
With our individualized cow care, our cows typically live from 5-9 years. The cows' rations consist of a balanced diet of hay, corn, and other grains. They Crave Brothers and their staff work very closely with a nutritionist that creates the "special recipe" for the dairy cattle.
Are your cows grass fed?
We are located in Wisconsin, where the ground is frozen many months of the year. In the summer when the weather permits, our cows are put out on pasture. This is generally April-November when the grass and temperature permits. In the remaining months our cattle are housed in an open-air, free range barn that are designed for cow comfort.
How often are your cows milked?
We milk our cows three times a day.
When does a cow have a calf?
Cows have their first calf when they are two years old. It is at this point, that they begin to produce milk. Cows need to have a calf every year in order to continue producing milk. It is crucial for the newborn calf to be fed the mother's colostrum (first milk produces after giving birth.)
How far is the milk transported to the cheese factory?
Our milk is pumped under the road through a 320-foot stainless steel pipe directly to our cheese factory. where it is used to produce award winning cheeses.
What does "farmstead" mean?
Farmstead means taking our farm fresh milk and handcrafting it into cheese right on the farm. Our fresh high-quality milk makes our high-quality, award winning cheeses.
How much energy does the methane digester produce?
The methane digester on Crave Brothers Farm produces enough electricity to power the farm, the cheese factory, and over 300 area homes. Additionally, the recycled manure fiber is a sustainable source for bedding to keep our cows clean and comfortable.