Pure Eire Dairy

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersOthello, WA
ProductsA2 milk, Fluid milk, butter, cream, kefir, buttermilk, grassfed
Websitewww.pureeiredairy.com
Market AreaWA
Total Score1675

This brand did not participate in our survey. However, we were able to confirm all the information contained below from trusted informants who have worked with the farm for years.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1675
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
100Farmstead dairy (owned and operated by farm family)
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
100Farmstead dairy—100% of milk from farm
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
100100% organic farm, brand does not market conventional
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
50This brand did not participate in our survey, but we were able to confirm answers through insider review and farm visits
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
75Oregon Tilth (OTCO)
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
100Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) labeling
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
100100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards or independent requirements and practices that ensure compliance
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
Yes
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
100Meets high standards for pasturing, exceeding minimum USDA standards by a significant margin.
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
100Once a day (non-standard, but beneficial for the cows)
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
100Does not cull cattle and has low death rate
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
100Closed herd
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
Calves
100Calves stay with their mothers until weaned naturally
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 antibiotic use
No hormones is the standard, however some farms do use oxytocin for therapeutic purposes.
Hormone Usage
100No hormone use
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
100Farmstead dairy (owner farms/lives on-site)
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
100No added ingredients
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
150Pure Éire Dairy was the first dairy farm in North America to be both certified AWA and Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (who is the parent of AWA). With respect to the concern of fraudulent grain imports, this dairy produces 100% of their own feed.