Grassmilk (Organic Valley)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersLaFarge, WI
ProductsFluid milk, yogurt, grassfed
Websitewww.organicvalley.coop/products/milk/grassmilk
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1365

Organic Valley’s Grassmilk brand is purported to be 100% grass-based (no grain or legumes are fed). They may still allow molasses to be fed.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1365
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure90Farmer-owned cooperative
Milk Supply90Cooperative- sourced only (no factory farms are found in Organic Valley's Grassmilk brand, as factory farms cannot operate on a 100% grass diet)
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification90Good transparency
Organic Certification75Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
Other Labels/Standards0None. Individual farmers may have other certifications.
Grass-fed100Grassmilk dairies have diets consisting of 100% pasture and forage with co-op standards. Cattle may also be fed molasses.
Soy Free Ration?Yes
Pasture100High-level grazing is done in organic Valley’s “Grassmilk” brand.
Times Milked90Milk twice a day (standard organic practice)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull/death rate. Will vary widely between farms.
Replacements100Closed herds
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No Antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support90Cooperative/corporation that sets standards and has a staff that visits farms regularly
Procurement of Ingredients90Outside ingredients from trusted sources
Extra Credit0None