Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
I was born and raised on the dairy. After high school I left the dairy for 12 years and then came back to it. I have been
here for the past 12 years. We started shipping organic milk in 2006 to Horizon Organic. We milk Holstein and
Jersey crossbred cows. We make all of own feed including silage, corn silage, and alfalfa. We re-seed our pastures every
fall for maximum production.
At Large Representatives:
Christian Alexandre, CA
Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms, Humboldt County and Del Norte County, CA. We have a pasture based program and
were pasture based before we started shipping organic milk. We have permanent pastures and over seed every year.
Even with our wet climate of 60-80 inches of rain a year, we are able to graze 9 months out of the year. Our cows are all
crossbred, consisting of mostly New Zealand genetics with also Holstein and Jerseys. We have been crossbreeding for about
14 years now. My entire family is involved in the dairy. I am in charge of the outside field work including cow and heifer
grazing rotation and all field work.
Jennifer Beretta, CA
Beretta Dairy is located in Santa Rosa, CA. They milk about 300 Holstein and Jersey cows. We have about 400 acres
total, 150 are designated for the endangered flowers so we are unable to irrigate those, but are able to irrigate 250 acres
for pasture. We are able to make silage our self and also are able to cut hay on some of our ground for a 2nd and 3rd
cutting. We are able to irrigate the pastures in the summer which allows grazing through the summer where many dairies
around the area are not able to because they are dependent on rainfall. The dairy has been in operation for 55 years,
we have been shipping organic milk to Wallaby for 8 years.
BJ Haugen, WA
The Haugen family started the dairy in 1960, they became certified organic in 2007 and are currently shipping
their milk to Organic West. They farm about 600 acres in pasture, ½ of that will go into silage and winter feed,
and milk around 200 Holstein cows. The Haugen’s don’t have to irrigate, they have only about one month out
of the year that is dry. They are able to graze from about the first of April to the end of October. They seed every
fall with a no-till drill and use Ag bags to make round bales and we also green chop.
Richard Hughes, CA
Richard and Marilyn Hughes have been in the dairy business for over 50 years. Richard started shipping organic
milk in 2006 to Straus Family Creamery and has been shipping to Straus Family Creamery ever since. He milk’s
year round on a total of 182 acres with 72 acres designated for the lactating cows; the rest is for heifers and silage.
He is able to double crop silage ground during the good rainfall years. I am able to get 3 crops of hay and then
graze the heifers on it to clean up the residue. My pastures are designed small fields where I rotationally graze
with about a 14-16 day rotation. I use manure water and dam water to irrigate. I use big guns. The best is when
I am able to mix the manure water with the fresh water. He generally able to irrigate almost all summer depending
on rainfall and availability of water. I try to grow as much on farm feed as possible.
University Adviser: Dr. Cindy Daley, CSU, Chico (firstname.lastname@example.org)