Burroughs Family Farms (Full Circle Dairy)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersDenair, CA
ProductsFluid milk, cheese
Market AreaCA
Total Score1515

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 structure100Family-run dairy
Milk Supply100Uses only their own milk
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification75Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
Other Labels/Standards20Validus Animal welfare certified; Kosher
Grass-fed75Label says "milk from pasture raised cows" with percent of diet from grass above the minimum
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture80Good pasture compliance in a challenging climate
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Low cull/death rate
Replacements100Closed herds (all replacements raised in-farm)
Calves75Calves separated shortly after birth (standard) and raised in groups
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support100Family business
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients
Extra Credit100Very transparent - full dairy OSP shared