Alpenrose

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPortland, OR
ProductsFluid milk
Websitealpenrose.com
Market AreaOR, WA
Total Score615

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CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 615
2-Cow Rating | Fair
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
70Family owned buisness
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
40Investigation shows milk supply sourced from mixed trustworthiness
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
30Mixed conventional and organic; unknown if on same property or not
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
0No response, lack of transparency despite previous participation
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
75Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
0No answer
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
30Likely meets minimum standards for grazing.
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
No answer. Soy is likely used in feed.
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
40Likely meets minimum organic standards for pasture
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
50Likely low cull/death rate
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
0Unknown
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
Calves
0No answer
Farms that prohibit antibiotics receive the most points. Farms that allow young stock to receive antibiotics (under one year), receive the fewest.
Antibiotic Use
50Antibiotics may be occasionally used on young cattle
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
100No hormone use
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
40Investigation shows farms visited occasionally by staff
All ingredients sourced from inside the organization or on the farm receives the highest points. Ingredients from confinement factory farms and/or imported ingredients receive the fewest.
Procurement of Ingredients
0Unknown if outside ingredients are used
Various levels of extra credit given for 1) providing full organic systems plan, 2) providing details on all farms (multi-farm brands, details on largest five required), and 3) sourcing feed on-farm or domestically.
Extra Credit
0None