Natural By Nature (Natural Dairy Products Corp.)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersWest Grove, PA
ProductsCheese, fluid milk, sour cream, yogurt, whipped cream
Websitewww.natural-by-nature.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1347

This brand has some of their products distributed nationally (ricotta cheese & cream); the rest are mostly found in New England to Florida and as far west as Chicago.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1347
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure75Family owned corporation
Milk Supply80Organic dairy sourced from small to mid-sized independent family farms
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic dairy products
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification85Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)
Other Labels/Standards40Non-GMO certified
Grass-fed75Labels dairy products "grass fed.” Seven farms are 100% grass fed but the others do feed some grain. Suppliers are required by the brand to make pasture the main source of the dairy cows’ diet.
Soy Free Ration?15% of the farms supplement with some soy; others feed no soy.
Pasture80Excellent pasture compliance
Times Milked92Most supplier farms milk twice a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies), but some milk only once a day.
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull and death rate
Replacements100Suppliers have closed herds
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotics
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support85Representatives visit regularly; owner of brand visits each farm twice a year
Procurement of Ingredients85Milk powder purchased from trusted sources
Extra Credit0None