|Farm/Brand Headquarters||Fairfield, IA|
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 2700)||1645|
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
|Ownership structure||100||Family farm|
|Milk Supply||100||Single farm|
|Organic Production||100||Brand only markets organic dairy products|
|Disclosure of Information for Verification||100||Full disclosure|
|Organic Certification||100||Nature's International Certification Services (NICS)|
|Grass-fed||80||High intake from grass|
|Soy Free Ration?||No|
|Pasture||100||Excellent pasture compliance|
|Times Milked||90||Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)|
|Cull/death Rate||100||Less than 10% annually|
|Calves||100||Calving done on pasture; calves allowed to graze with mothers and nurse|
|Antibiotic Use||100||No antibiotic use|
|Hormone Usage||100||No hormones used|
|Farm Support||100||Single farm|
|Procurement of Ingredients||100||No outside ingredients used|
|Extra Credit||175||OSP 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.|