Burroughs Family Farms (Full Circle Dairy)
|Farm/Brand Headquarters||Denair, CA|
|Products||Fluid milk, cheese|
They write: “Full Circle Dairy (marketed under the brand name Burroughs Family Farms) has been certified organic since 2007. Our dairy farm in Merced County, California is about 900 acres – 350 of those are irrigated and 450 are native pasture.
We use management intensive grazing practices (rotational grazing) with our herd of 500 cows. The cows are out on pasture most of the year. When they cannot be on pasture they are fed a diet of our harvested and dried grass silage.
We are proud to be able to now offer fresh whole milk that is vat pasteurized and non-homogenized straight to our consumers in California.
FCD is a partnership of Brian and Christina Bylsma along with Christina’s parents Ward and Rosie Burroughs. Brian and Christina’s kids are 5th generation future dairymen. We have a family heritage of dairying that is over 100 years old.
Our definition of sustainability is like a 3-legged stool: 1. Caring for and protecting the environment, 2. Being economically sound and 3. Taking care of our employees and community.
We also have certified organic pastured poultry and have a 5 egg rating with the Cornucopia Institute.”
|TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)||1515|
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
|Ownership structure||100||Family-run dairy|
|Milk Supply||100||Uses only their own milk|
|Organic Production||100||Brand only markets organic|
|Disclosure of Information for Verification||100||Full disclosure|
|Organic Certification||75||Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)|
|Other Labels/Standards||20||Validus Animal welfare certified; Kosher|
|Grass-fed||75||Label says "milk from pasture raised cows" with percent of diet from grass above the minimum|
|Soy Free Ration?||No|
|Pasture||80||Good pasture compliance in a challenging climate|
|Times Milked||90||Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)|
|Cull/death Rate||100||Low cull/death rate|
|Replacements||100||Closed herds (all replacements raised in-farm)|
|Calves||75||Calves separated shortly after birth (standard) and raised in groups|
|Antibiotic Use||100||No antibiotic use|
|Hormone Usage||100||No hormone use|
|Farm Support||100||Family business|
|Procurement of Ingredients||100||No outside ingredients|
|Extra Credit||100||Very transparent - full dairy OSP shared|