Paradise Springs Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersVictor, ID
ProductsCheese, fluid milk, raw milk
Websitewww.paradisespringsfarm.com
Market AreaID, Web Sales
Total Score1740

This brand can be found in Eastern Idaho, and nationwide via web sales. They write: “We grow all of the food for the cows on our nearly 420 acre certified Biodynamic, certified organic farm in Teton Valley, Idaho, including pasture, hay, and barley. Only rarely are off-farm inputs required; when things like extra bedding are needed, they are sourced locally from another organic farm. Our irrigation water emerges in the form of Paradise Springs, from the bottom of a hillside adjacent to thousands of acres of National Forest and is pure enough to drink right out of the spring.

Every effort has been made to retain nature’s purity and goodness and to block out the constant increase of radiation and chemicals in the environment. This is how we have become a certified biodynamic farm in Idaho producing raw cheese, raw milk, and raw whey from the happiest Brown Swiss cows around.”

CriteriaRatingComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1740
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
100Single farm
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 biodynamic/organic
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
100Stellar Certification Services
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
100Biodynamic Certified; Salmon Safe
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
9095%+ DMI from gazing (very high) and some homegrown sprouted barley
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
100Excellent 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
100Very low cull 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
100Closed herd
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
85Calves raised first few weeks with mothers
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
100Lives on premises
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
175OSP submitted; very transparent. Sources 100% of grain from on-farm sources and was transparent about feed sourcing.

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