Amish Country Farms
|Farm/Brand Headquarters||Totowa, NJ|
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.”
|TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)||1145|
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
|Ownership structure||80||Family-owned business—close ties/partnership with farmers|
|Milk Supply||80||Multiple farms—own patrons|
|Organic Production||100||Only sells certified organic packaged milk|
|Disclosure of Information for Verification||70||Okay transparency|
|Organic Certification||75||Quality Assurance International (QAI)|
|Grass-fed||40||Meets minimum USDA percent intake requirements|
|Soy Free Ration?||No|
|Pasture||40||Did not provide complete info on pasture; likley meets minimum USDA requirements|
|Times Milked||90||Two times a day (standard organic protocol)|
|Cull/death Rate||20||Higher cull rate with a low rate of death and loss|
|Calves||70||Remove calf from mother shortly after birth (standard practice)|
|Antibiotic Use||100||No antibiotic use|
|Hormone Usage||100||No hormone use|
|Farm Support||80||Personnel visit a minimum of once yearly|
|Procurement of Ingredients||100||No outside ingredients used|