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.”

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1470
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Farmstead dairies who live on-site (or work their own dairy daily) receive top points for this category. No transparency and/or no answer receive no points.
Ownership structure
100Farmstead dairy
Farmstead dairies and well-managed cooperatives with only their own patrons get top points in this category. Fewer points go to brands that have less control over their milk supply.
Milk Supply
100Single farm
Brands that do not also market any conventional products receive top points in this category. Brands that are less dedicated to organics receive fewer points.
Organic Production
100Brand only markets organic
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
100Bay State Organic Certifiers
If this brand has other third-party labels, particularly animal-welfare labels, that will provide them extra points in this category depending on the particular label and its standards.
Other Labels/Standards
0None
100% Grass-fed with independent verification or independent standards to ensure compliance will receive full points in this category. Other points are attributed to how much forage composes the dairy cows’ diets.
Grass-fed
90100% grass fed with superb DMI
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
Yes
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
Pasture
100Superb pasture compliance
Where cows are milked one to two times per day they receive top points. It's standard organic protocol to milk two times a day. Dairies that milk three-to-four times a day is one indicator of factory-organics.
Times Milked
95One farm twice a day; other farm once a day
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
90Low cull rate
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
Replacements
100Closed herd
If this brand has a unique way of managing calves they receive more points. If they remove the calf shortly after birth (the standard practice) they receive 70 points.
Calves
95Calves raised with milking herd, nurse free choice off nursing cows. Weaned at 6 months
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotic use
When no hormones are used on farm(s) this brand receives full points. When the brand uses hormones therapeutically post-birth the brand receives 50 points.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones used
Farmstead dairies (lives on site) get full points and cooperative/corporations that set standards and have staff that visit the supplying dairies also receive top points. No direct supervision and/or personal relationship with farm(s) gets low or no points.
Farm Support
100Lives on premises
Full control of any added ingredients (100% come from within organization) receives top points. Dairy ingredients purchased from a number of different vendors (with less direct control) receives fewer points in this category.
Procurement of Ingredients
100No outside ingredients used
Several questions were asked in addition to the original survey questions that would ultimately give producers “extra credit” points. Look for details in individual brand explanations.
Extra Credit
0None

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