Kalona SuperNatural (Farmers Creamery)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersKalona, IA
ProductsFluid milk, yogurt
Websitewww.kalonasupernatural.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1305

They write: “Kalona SuperNatural organic products are among the most natural and nutritious dairy products on the market. That’s because we believe in doing less—not more—when it comes to our food. Our natural process means our products taste different and look different. Because our milk is non-homogenized the cream naturally floats to the top and thickens. This is the true sign of milk in its natural state. Our products are also pasteurized at low temperatures to preserve the farm fresh flavor.

The milk used in Kalona SuperNatural products comes from small, sustainable Amish and Mennonite farms with average herds of 35 cows. Our producers know that cows do best when they can harvest their own feed from the pastures around them. Unlike larger companies, we know each and every farmer we work with. We visit their land. We know their families. We understand how and why they created their product. Whether it is organic milk, cottage cheese, or yogurt, we are invested in the lives of our producers and, in turn, they are invested in the integrity of the product we send to market. Together, we take pride in the products that bear the Kalona SuperNatural™ name.” This brand can be found Found in Hy-Vee, Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage grocery stores.

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1305
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
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
80Buisness 50% owned by farmer group; good track record
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
90Milk supply comes from collection of small family farms
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
100Only sells certified organic dairy
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
90Good disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
85Iowa Department 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
40Non-GMO Project verified (some farms AGA certified)
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
50Some farms are 100% grassfed (AGA standards) and used in some products; others meet minimum standard for grazing
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
No. Soy is likely used in feed.
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
Pasture
60Meets minimum standards for grazing
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/death rate, with high average lifespan
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 herds unless farm is expanding or needs new genetics
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
75Usually group housing with nurse cows
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotics used
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
85Representatives visit farms regularly
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
60Outside ingredients purchased from unknown sources
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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