Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersCrescent City, CA
ProductsFluid milk, raw milk, A2 milk
Websitewww.ecodairyfarms.com
Market AreaCA, OR, WA
Total Score1425

This dairy seeks to differentiate their farm as something more than organic. They do this with biodynamic farming practices, A2A2 cattle, green pasture 365 days-a-year, and the cows having access to pasture year round. They have a 100% A2A2 certified beta casein protein herd (validated by their certifier CCOF).

This dairy brand can be found at Whole Foods Market (PNW, NorCal, and SoPac), Jimbos, Gelsons, Sprouts, as well as 100 independent natural food stores across Washington, Oregon, and California.

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1425
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Farmstead dairies who live on-site (or work their own dairy daily) receive top points for this category. No transparency and/or no answer receive no points.
Ownership structure
90Family owned dairy buisness
Farmstead dairies and well-managed cooperatives with only their own patrons get top points in this category. Fewer points go to brands that have less control over their milk supply.
Milk Supply
90Multiple farms owned by same controlling interest; close control over milk supply
Brands that do not also market any conventional products receive top points in this category. Brands that are less dedicated to organics receive fewer points.
Organic Production
100Only organic dairy products sold
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
75California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
If this brand has other third-party labels, particularly animal-welfare labels, that will provide them extra points in this category depending on the particular label and its standards.
Other Labels/Standards
80Both American Humane Certified, and Non-GMO Project Verified. Also certified through Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM). May be biodynamic certified soon. 100% A2A2 certified beta casein protein herd, validated by CCOF.
100% Grass-fed with independent verification or independent standards to ensure compliance will receive full points in this category. Other points are attributed to how much forage composes the dairy cows’ diets.
Grass-fed
60Exceeds minimum standards for grazing; one of four farms is 100% grass fed
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
No. Soy meal is used in feed
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
Pasture
80Excellent pasture compliance with rotational grazing used
Where cows are milked one to two times per day they receive top points. It's standard organic protocol to milk two times a day. Dairies that milk three-to-four times a day is one indicator of factory-organics.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
90Low overall cull and death rates
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
Replacements
100Closed herds (all replacements raised in-farm)
If this brand has a unique way of managing calves they receive more points. If they remove the calf shortly after birth (the standard practice) they receive 70 points.
Calves
75Calves removed from mother shortly after birth (standard practice)
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotic use
When no hormones are used on farm(s) this brand receives full points. When the brand uses hormones therapeutically post-birth the brand receives 50 points.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones used
Farmstead dairies (lives on site) get full points and cooperative/corporations that set standards and have staff that visit the supplying dairies also receive top points. No direct supervision and/or personal relationship with farm(s) gets low or no points.
Farm Support
95Representatives visit farm daily; close family management
Full control of any added ingredients (100% come from within organization) receives top points. Dairy ingredients purchased from a number of different vendors (with less direct control) receives fewer points in this category.
Procurement of Ingredients
100No added ingredients
Several questions were asked in addition to the original survey questions that would ultimately give producers “extra credit” points. Look for details in individual brand explanations.
Extra Credit
None

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