Chase Hill Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersWarwick, MA
ProductsCheese, fluid milk
Websitewww.facebook.com/Chase-Hill-Farm-1405735603006544/
Market AreaMA, UT
Total Score1470

They write: “Chase Hill Farm is a small family farm located in the hills of western Massachusetts near the Vermont-New Hampshire border. We are Mark and Jeannette Fellows and we have been farming the 264-acre dairy farm for 25 years. We produce high quality milk, cheese, and meat from our grassfed animals. Our herd of 26 Normande cows produces top-quality organic milk seasonally from March to December. Normandes are a French breed of cow known for their grazing abilities as well as the quality of their beef and milk for cheesemaking.

We practice sustainable methods of agriculture including:

Rotational grazing
Seasonal Calving
Draft horsepower
No fertilizer or pesticide use
Organic certification
Our vision is to work a farm that is environmentally, economically, and personally sustainable.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1470
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
100Farmstead dairy
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
100Single farm
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
100Brand only markets organic
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
100Bay State Organic Certifiers
Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
0None
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
90100% grass fed with superb DMI
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
Yes
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
100Superb pasture compliance
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
95One farm twice a day; other farm once a day
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
90Low cull rate
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
100Closed herd
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
Calves
95Calves raised with milking herd, nurse free choice off nursing cows. Weaned at 6 months
Farms that prohibit antibiotics receive the most points. Farms that allow young stock to receive antibiotics (under one year), receive the fewest.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotic use
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones used
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
100Lives on premises
All ingredients sourced from inside the organization or on the farm receives the highest points. Ingredients from confinement factory farms and/or imported ingredients receive the fewest.
Procurement of Ingredients
100No outside ingredients used
Various levels of extra credit given for 1) providing full organic systems plan, 2) providing details on all farms (multi-farm brands, details on largest five required), and 3) sourcing feed on-farm or domestically.
Extra Credit
0None