Oasis at Bird in Hand

Farm/Brand HeadquartersRonks, PA
ProductsCheese, fluid milk, yogurt, grassfed
Market AreaPA
Total Score1360

Products can be found at their retail store (60 North Ronks Road, Bird in Hand, PA); Millers Natural Foods, Community Natural Food Store in New Holland, PA; Lemon Street Market in Lancaster, PA; Lancaster Central Market in Lancaster, PA; Woodland Natural Food Store in Strasburg, PA; and five “Yes Organics” stores in Washington, DC.

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1360
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure80Cooperative corporation with excellent track record and very close ties with farmers
Milk Supply90100% souced from small independent family farms with a close relationship
Organic Production100100% organic, with some excess organic milk being used to make non-certified cheese (due to processing at a non-certified facility)
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification85Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)
Other Labels/Standards0None. Individual farmers may have other certifications.
Grass-fed90Advertises as 100% grass-fed, without third party standards
Soy Free Ration?Yes (but does not advertise as soy-free)
Pasture80Excellent pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate90Low cull/death rate
Replacements100Supplier farms all have closed herds
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotics used
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support90Brand representatives visit farms several times a year
Procurement of Ingredients90Milk powder purchased from trusted sources
Extra Credit0Pending