Amish Country Farms

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersTotowa, NJ
ProductsFluid milk
Websitewww.acforganics.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1145

They write: “Amish Country Farms works only with family owned farms where the cows enjoy a healthy life grazing out in wide open grassy fields. They are often massaged and have cool water misting over them to keep them cool in the summer. Happy cows produce the highest quality organic milk.

Having the highest quality milk produced on certified organic family farms means:

No antibiotics or growth hormones are used including rBST or rBGH.

Organic feed is fed to the cows. This is grown without the use of chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides.

Our cows have access to open pastures, clean water, and fresh air at all times.

Our humane treatment of our animals and organic farm practices are good for you and the environment.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1145
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure80Family-owned business—close ties/partnership with farmers
Milk Supply80Multiple farms—own patrons
Organic Production100Only sells certified organic packaged milk
Disclosure of Information for Verification70Okay transparency
Organic Certification75Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed40Meets minimum USDA percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture40Did not provide complete info on pasture; likley meets minimum USDA requirements
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard organic protocol)
Cull/death Rate20Higher cull rate with a low rate of death and loss
Replacements100Closed herds
Calves70Remove calf from mother shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support80Personnel visit a minimum of once yearly
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit0None