Lifeline Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersVictor, MT
ProductsCheese
Websitewww.lifelinefarm.com
Market AreaID, MT, OR, WA, Web Sales
Total Score1540

Lifeline Farm Inc. was founded in 1978 in Victor, Montana by a group of young men and women who wished to grow nutritious, organic and biodynamic foods to nourish people in their community and throughout the US. Originally, Lifeline grew field-scale vegetable crops, selling vegetables in Montana and on the West Coast, off the farm and operating a market stand. The dairy was added in 1984 in order to diversify the operation but also to provide a source of on-farm fertility. We manage a herd of about 400 Brown Swiss cows, bulls, calves and steers that make up Lifeline Farm Inc. Long revered by the Swiss as an excellent, dual-purpose breed, the Brown Swiss produce rich milk, which is used to make cheese, butter and bottled milk all done at our Creamery, as well as delicious beef, which is sold throughout Montana. Lifeline Farm also “recycles” many feeds by raising pigs which are then sold as pork cuts and in home style sausage.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1540
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure100Farmer-owned farm
Milk Supply100Single farm
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification100Stellar Certification Services
Other Labels/Standards100Biodynamic Certified
Grass-fed80Exceeds USDA percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?Yes
Pasture100Excellent pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Very low cull and death rate
Replacements100Closed herd
Calves85Calves raised first few weeks with mothers
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage85No routine hormone use, but some may be used to prevent infection from retained placenta (no growth hormones are ever usedb in organics)
Farm Support100Single farm
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside dairy ingredients used
Extra Credit0None