Tide Mill Creamery (Tide Mill Organic Farm)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersEdmunds, ME
ProductsCheese, kefir, yogurt, goat milk products
Websitetidemillcreamery.com
Market AreaME
Total Score1445
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1445
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 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
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 products, brand does not market conventional
Farms that completed the survey in detail received the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certification
100Maine Organic Farmer’s and Gardener’s Association (MOFGA)
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
0None
100% grass-fed with independent verification of standards
Grass-fed
90Exceeds minimum standards for grazing
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy Free Ration?
No, soy may be used in feed
Sliding scale based on policies, enforcement, acreage/cow, days/year on pasture, and permissible exemption.
Pasture
90Good pasture compliance; rotational grazing
One time/day receives the most points. Two times per day is standard.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Lower cull rate scores better, with under 10% receiving the most points.
Cull/death Rate
90Very low death rate and a moderate cull rate
Farms with closed herds receive the most points. Farms that sell organic calves and buy conventional replacements receive the fewest.
Replacements
100Raise all own replacements (closed herd)
Standard practice is removing calves shortly after birth, with extra points given for unique ways of managing calves
Calves
85Goat kids raised with their mothers; cattle separated shortly after birth (standard practice)
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
100Farmers live 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 extra milk ingredients used
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