Maple Hill Creamery

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersStuyvesant, NY
ProductsCheese, kefir, yogurt, fluid milk, grassfed
Websitemaplehillcreamery.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1420

They write: “Maple Hill Creamery is a farm-family owned dairy manufacturer founded in 2009, and is widely recognized as the preeminent leader in the emerging 100% grass-fed dairy category. They are the first dairy brand to receive the Pennsylvania Certified Organic 100% Grassfed Certification. Since day one, Maple Hill has stood by their conviction that 100% grass-fed organic dairy farming is better for everyone from cows to consumers. 100% grass-fed dairy farming produces the highest quality milk, supports the healthiest lifestyle for cows, improves the fertility of grazing land, and allows farmers to prosper. The Maple Hill Creamery Milkshed now numbers over 100 small farms, and is looking to transition at least several dozen more farms to certified 100% grass-fed in 2017. Maple Hill Creamery products are available nationwide in over 6,000 retailers, including many specialty and independent retailers. For more information, visit www.maplehillcreamery.com, and follow us on Twitter @MapleHillCream, Facebook (www.facebook.com/maplehillcreamery), and Instagram @maplehillcreamery.”

PointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1420
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
80
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
80
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
100
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
85
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
80
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
100
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
80
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
90
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
75
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
90
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
Calves
75
Farms that prohibit antibiotics receive the most points. Farms that allow young stock to receive antibiotics (under one year), receive the fewest.
Antibiotic Use
100
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
100
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
85
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
100
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
0