Organic Pastures Dairy Company (McAffee Farm)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersFresno, CA
ProductsButter, cheese, fluid milk, raw milk, A2 breeds
Websitewww.organicpastures.com
Market AreaCA
Total Score1520

They say: “Founded in 2000, Organic Pastures Dairy is a 4th generation family farm that is state inspected and produces only organic raw dairy products from its on farm creamery near Fresno CA.
Its raw grass fed products can be found all across the State of California in about 600 stores and 22 farmers markets.
We are dedicated to consumer education and a full and transparent consumer-connection. OPDC is the 4th ranked brand of organic milk in the USA ( SPINS ) and leads with food safety testing and innovation with its first ever 12 hour Test & Hold prior to release to market program.
OPDC is LISTED by the Raw Milk Institute.Org

We welcome all people to visit and tour our farm and creamery. Thank you!
Mark McAfee
CEO/Founder
Organic Pastures Dairy Co
1-877-RAW-MILK
organicpastures.com
C-559.970.5581
F-559.842.8061”

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1520
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Farmstead dairies who live on-site (or work their own dairy daily) receive top points for this category. No transparency and/or no answer receive no points.
Ownership structure
100Family farm
Farmstead dairies and well-managed cooperatives with only their own patrons get top points in this category. Fewer points go to brands that have less control over their milk supply.
Milk Supply
95Gets some milk from another farm with matching practices
Brands that do not also market any conventional products receive top points in this category. Brands that are less dedicated to organics receive fewer points.
Organic Production
100Brand only markets organic
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
95Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
100Organic Certifiers, Ventura
If this brand has other third-party labels, particularly animal-welfare labels, that will provide them extra points in this category depending on the particular label and its standards.
Other Labels/Standards
60Certified Humane
100% Grass-fed with independent verification or independent standards to ensure compliance will receive full points in this category. Other points are attributed to how much forage composes the dairy cows’ diets.
Grass-fed
50Exceeds minimum standards
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
Yes
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
Pasture
90Excellent pasture compliance
Where cows are milked one to two times per day they receive top points. It's standard organic protocol to milk two times a day. Dairies that milk three-to-four times a day is one indicator of factory-organics.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
40Moderate cull/death rate
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
Replacements
80Some animals purchased for replacement
If this brand has a unique way of managing calves they receive more points. If they remove the calf shortly after birth (the standard practice) they receive 70 points.
Calves
75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotic use
When no hormones are used on farm(s) this brand receives full points. When the brand uses hormones therapeutically post-birth the brand receives 50 points.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones used
Farmstead dairies (lives on site) get full points and cooperative/corporations that set standards and have staff that visit the supplying dairies also receive top points. No direct supervision and/or personal relationship with farm(s) gets low or no points.
Farm Support
90Representatives visit farm regularly
Full control of any added ingredients (100% come from within organization) receives top points. Dairy ingredients purchased from a number of different vendors (with less direct control) receives fewer points in this category.
Procurement of Ingredients
100No outside ingredients used
Several questions were asked in addition to the original survey questions that would ultimately give producers “extra credit” points. Look for details in individual brand explanations.
Extra Credit
155Processor OSP submitted; this dairy gets all of their feed from domestic sources.

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