Nancy’s (Springfield Creamery)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersEugene, OR
ProductsCream cheese, cottage cheese, kefir, sour cream, yogurt, 100% grassfed
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1255

Nancy’s Yogurt is manufactured by Springfield Creamery, a respected, very long-term supplier of natural and organic products. They purchased their milk and milk powder from the CROPP cooperative, which ships milk from their family-farm members in the region.

They write: “Nancy’s Cultured Organic Dairy products are produced with care at Springfield Creamery, in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1960, we remain family owned and operated and are pleased to have such a wealth of quality ingredients to put into each of our products. Our organic milk comes to us directly from nearby family farms. We believe that the organic farming practices of these small organic farms are in unity with the land, and promote the long-term health of the cows, as well as of the consumer. Ultimately, the sustainable organic faming practices benefit our environment, and that is an advantage to each of us. We are proud to be a vital member of this sustainable partnership, while feeding people wholesome, organic food.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1255
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
80Family-owned business (close partnership with farmers)
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
90Sourced from trusted dairy cooperative
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
75Brand markets both conventional and organic, but maintains split operations
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
75Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
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. Individual farmers may have other certifications.
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
50Exceeds minimum USDA standards for grazing
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.
70All of the supplier farms do some grazing
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
90Most daries milk twice a day (standard)
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
75Moderate cull/death rate. Will vary widely between farms.
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
100Closed herds
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
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 hormone use
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
85Depends on trusted third-party for supervision; All larger farms are visited more frequently; most farms visited annually
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
90Outside ingredients from trusted sources
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