Radiance Dairy

Farm/Brand HeadquartersFairfield, IA
ProductsFluid milk
Market AreaIA
Total Score1645

Operated by Francis Thicke, a widely respected pioneering organic dairy producer, and his wife Susan, this truly sustainable farm markets in a very intimate geographic area. Its connection with the marketplace truly exemplifies the organic ideal.

Radiance Dairy is an organic, grass-based dairy located near Fairfield, Iowa, with on-farm processing facilities in which cream-line milk (whole, 2%, and skim), whipping cream, yogurt, and cheese are produced. All of the products made on the farm are sold locally through three grocery stores and about twenty restaurants in Fairfield. All of our dairy products are sold within a five-mile radius of the farm. All milk produced on the farm is processed by Radiance Dairy, and no milk is brought onto the farm from other dairies.

Radiance Dairy began in 1980 with two cows. Over the years it has grown to the current milking herd of 90 cows. Owned by Francis and Susan Thicke, it is operated by them and several employees.

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1645
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure100Family farm
Milk Supply100Single farm
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic dairy products
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification100Nature's International Certification Services (NICS)
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed80High intake from grass
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture100Excellent pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Less than 10% annually
Replacements100Closed herd
Calves100Calving done on pasture; calves allowed to graze with mothers and nurse
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support100Single farm
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit175OSP submitted, very transparent. With respect to the concern of fraudulent grain imports, this dairy produces 100% of their own feed except on bad years, where feed is purchased from a neighbor.