Coonridge Organic Goat Dairy (Coonridge Dairy)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPie Town, NM
ProductsCheese (goat)
Websitewww.coonridge.com
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.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)1580
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure100Farmstead goat dairy
Milk Supply100Single farm
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification100New Mexico Dept. of Agriculture
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed90Goats are browsers; no grain fed
Soy Free Ration?Yes
Pasture100Excellent compliance (goats are browsers)
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Very low cull rate
Replacements100Closed herd
Calves100Kids are mother-raised
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support100Single farm
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit100This goat dairy confirmed it gets all of their feed from domestic sources and feeds no grain.