Coonridge Organic Goat Dairy (Coonridge Dairy)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersPie Town, NM
ProductsCheese (goat)
Market AreaAZ, CO, NM
Total Score1580

They say: “Everything used at Coonridge is Certified Organic (Hormone Free, Antibiotic Free, Additive Free, Pesticide Free and GMO Free). Our land has never been commercially farmed. Our goats eat only organic and wild food. The herb (and garlic) blends for our cheeses are certified organic creations developed and perfected right here at Coonridge. We use certified organic high oleic sunflower seed oil (which is a mono saturated oil) which we source in the USA. Most cheeses made in the USA are produced using a genetically engineered cheese enzyme which replaces rennet. Our cheeses are also made with non-rennet enzymes but these enzymes are not GMO.

We meet or exceed the requirements of the Federal USDA rules and are certified organic by the New Mexico Dept of Agriculture, where we are double certified as an organic goat producer and organic cheese processor. By using all organic ingredients we feel we have the most beneficial and delicious product possible while also protecting the environment. We use no GMO alfalfa or GMO grain, in fact no grain at all! (Sadly, 90% of corn and 80% of soy in the USA is GMO). We never use antibiotics or chemical wormers.”

This brand can be found at Co-ops in NM and wine shows in NM, CO, and AZ.

TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1580
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 goat 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
100New Mexico Dept. of Agriculture
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
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.
90Goats are browsers; no grain fed
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
100Excellent compliance (goats are browsers)
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
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
100Very low 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.
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.
100Kids are mother-raised
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
100Single farm
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
100This goat dairy confirmed it gets all of their feed from domestic sources and feeds no grain.

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