Rogue Creamery

Rating3
Farm/Brand HeadquartersGrants Pass, OR
ProductsCheese
Websitewww.roguecreamery.com
Market AreaNationwide
DescriptionThis brand did not participate in Cornucopia's investigation, meaning partial scores have been given due to incomplete information. They appear to have some innovative practices but some information cannot be confirmed. This brand may be a good choice, but we recommend that consumers do their homework and reach out to brand representatives to ensure it meets a consistent, high-integrity, organic standard.
Total Score850
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 850
Farmstead dairies earn the most points. Corporations that have a history of skirting the organic rules receive the fewest.
Ownership structure
70Small business
Farms that produce 100% of their milk receive the most points. Milk from "open market" or known confinement dairies receive the fewest.
Milk Supply
70Supplies it's own milk, close relationship with farmers
100% organic farms receive the most points. Split operations with conventional dairy on the same property receive the fewest.
Organic Production
80Dedicated to organics
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
0Did not participate
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
75OTCO
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
0No answer
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
75Exceeds minimum standards
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
No answer. Soy is likely used in feed.
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
80Exceeds minimum standards
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
90Uses at least some robotic milking
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
0Unknown
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
0Unknown
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
Calves
0Unknown
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
50Hormones may be used therapeutically
Farmstead dairies (owner lives on-site) receive the most points. Fewer points are given as oversight declines.
Farm Support
80Investigation shows close control with supplier(s)
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
80Limited added ingredients, if any
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
0None