Berle Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersHoosick, NY
ProductsCheese, yogurt
Websitewww.berlefarm.com
Market AreaMA, NY, VT
Total Score1650

Berle Farm has a twenty year history of diversified farming. The farm has evolved to a low outside input style with a beautiful little dairy herd of 10 cows. Our organic cattle graze 400 hundred acres of pasture. We grow open pollinated, saved seed corn, oats, rye and hay, as well as, vegetables and fruit.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)1650
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure100Farmstead dairy
Milk Supply100Single farm
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification100Stellar Certification Services
Other Labels/Standards100Biodynamic Certified
Grass-fed90Excellent grazing; markets "grass fed"
Soy Free Ration?Yes
Pasture100Over 2 acres per cow, which is a superb ratio.
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Very low cull rate
Replacements100Closed herd
Calves70Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support100Live on premises
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit100This dairy produces 100% of their feed on-farm and does not purchase any non-domestic grain.