Coonridge Organic Goat Dairy

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPie Town, NM
ProductsCheese (goat)
Websitewww.coonridge.com
Market AreaAZ, CO, NM
Total Score1580

They write: “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 1600 plus extra credit) 1580
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 goat 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
100New Mexico Dept. of Agriculture
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
90Goats are browsers; no grain fed
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
100Excellent compliance (goats are browsers)
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
100Very low 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
100Kids are mother-raised
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
100Single farm
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
100This goat dairy confirmed it gets all of their feed from domestic sources and feeds no grain.