Natural By Nature (Natural Dairy Products Corp.)

Rating4
Farm/Brand HeadquartersWest Grove, PA
ProductsCheese, fluid milk, sour cream, yogurt, whipped cream
Websitewww.naturalbynaturedairy.com/
Market AreaNationwide
DescriptionThis 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.
Total Score1347
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1347
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
75Family owned corporation
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
80Organic dairy sourced from small to mid-sized independent family farms
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
100Brand only markets organic dairy products
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
85Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)
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
40Non-GMO certified
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
75Labels 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.
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
15% of the farms supplement with some soy; others feed no soy.
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
80Excellent pasture compliance
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
92Most supplier farms milk twice a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies), but some milk only once a day.
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
75Moderate cull and death rate
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
100Suppliers have closed herds
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
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 antibiotics
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones used
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
85Representatives visit regularly; owner of brand visits each farm twice a year
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
85Milk powder purchased 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
0None