Sky Top Farms

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersBronx, NY
ProductsFluid milk
Websitewww.skytopfarms.com
Market AreaNY
Total Score340

In the previous iteration of the organic dairy scorecard, this brand rated 3 cows. Unfortunately, they have failed to update some of their information needed for this more comprehensive scorecard. Since we were unable to confirm some of the information, this brand has been downgraded by one whole classification. Where possible, this brand’s old scores, based on their previous survey and our confirmation work, were substituted into the new rubric to represent this change.

In dairy, we now see about half of the “organic” milk supply coming from factory dairies that milk their cows as many as three to four times a day, pushing for high production (legitimate organic farms usually milk twice a day). Cornucopia’s research also shows many of these dairies are still not providing the required amount of grazing for each cow, as the law requires. While some excellent dairy marketers may feel they don’t need to participate because they already have a good relationship with their consumers, their lack of participation aids and abets factory farms and hurts ethical dairies across the country (many of whom do not have the option to directly market to consumers and rely on the wholesale marketplace).

Participation in this survey and scorecard project separates the organic label among those brands that are ”beyond organic,” others at least meeting the minimum legal standards, and those that are ethically deficient. In an industry where industrial dairies do have something to hide, the lack of transparency in brands that might otherwise score well hurts the integrity of the organic label.

If you’re a customer of this brand, your voice may have some sway in the marketplace. Please use your power as a concerned consumer to ask your favorite brand to stand up for organic integrity by participating in The Cornucopia Institute’s research study and scorecard. Let them know you have the option to use the scorecard to choose an alternative brand that is willing to be transparent with their practices.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)340
3-Cow Rating | Unverified
Ownership structure60Private Privately held
Milk Supply50Likely milk of integrity
Organic Production0No answer
Disclosure of Information for Verification0No disclosure; poor disclosure on previous scorecards
Organic Certification0Unknown
Other Labels/Standards0No answer
Grass-fed40Previous answers show good grass-fed compliance
Soy Free Ration?No answer. Soy is likely used in feed.
Pasture40Previous answers show good pasture compliance
Times Milked0Unknown, probably twice a day (standard)
Cull/death Rate50Low cull/death rate likely
Replacements0No answer
Calves0Possibly closed herds
Antibiotic Use50Likely no antibiotics used
Hormone Usage50Likely no hormones used
Farm Support0No answer
Procurement of Ingredients0No answer
Extra Credit0None