Alpine Heritage Creamery

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersParadise, PA
ProductsCheese
Websitewww.alpineheritagecreamery.com
Market AreaPA, FL, web sales
Total Score1590

They write: “Here at Alpine Heritage Creamery we use only raw organic milk from 100% grass fed cows. Our herd is currently 100% A2-A2. The cows are part of the family here on the farm and we care for them as such. With each of them receiving a personal name at birth they quickly learn that life is enjoyable and there is so much to do in the lifetime of a cow.

Things such as exploring every corner of these vast luscious meadows with their friends and playing their “calf tag” games immediately become a part of their daily routine. They truly are a happy family.

The cows come into the barn twice a day for milking and that is the milk we use to make our cheese. With the creamery being located here on the farm we have full control over the process beginning from the cows’ diet, the milking process and then the producing and ripening of a healthy, delicious cheese that will always have you coming back for more!

The ingredients for all our cheeses are simple: Milk, cheese cultures, traditional rennet and pure salt. We use organic seasonings for the flavored cheeses.”

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1590
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
100Family-owned farm
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
100Single farm
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
70Markets both organic and conventional
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
85PCO
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
0None
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
90100% grass fed
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
Yes
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
Pasture
100Excellent pasture compliance
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
100Under 10%
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 herd
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
100Raised with nurse cows for 6-9 mos.
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
90Personnel visit regularly
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
90Purchase cheese cultures
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
175Very transparent -- submitted OSP; 100% grass fed and produces all feed on-farm

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