Trickling Springs Creamery

Farm/Brand HeadquartersChambersburg, PA
ProductsButter, cheese, cream, fluid milk, ice cream
Market AreaEast Coast
Total Score1395

They write: “Trickling Springs Creamery has been processing fresh, grass fed dairy products using milk from our community of family farms since 2001. We believe in order to process the best product we need to have the best raw milk coming into our plant. Since our founding we have established high standards for their farms to follow in taking the best care of their animals and land. Our standards are based on the concept that the cows should be treated like the mothers they are. During the grass growing season the cows are on pasture enjoying the fresh grass and are given access to the outdoors year round.

As we grow, we are committed to growing sustainable organic farming in the Mid-Atlantic area. In early 2015 we launched our Farmer-for-Life™ program to encourage farmers to make the transition from conventional farming to organic farming. This program incrementally pays farmers for each step they make along the journey towards being certified organic.

Our dairy products are Non-GMO Project Verified and/or Certified Organic. Today our products are sold throughout the eastern United States from Connecticut to Florida. To learn more about Trickling Springs Creamery, please visit us online at .”

TOTAL (possible score is 1600)1395
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Farmstead dairies who live on-site (or work their own dairy daily) receive top points for this category. No transparency and/or no answer receive no points.
Ownership structure
80Family-owned business—close ties/partnership with farmers
Farmstead dairies and well-managed cooperatives with only their own patrons get top points in this category. Fewer points go to brands that have less control over their milk supply.
Milk Supply
85Own patrons
Brands that do not also market any conventional products receive top points in this category. Brands that are less dedicated to organics receive fewer points.
Organic Production
70Markets both organic and conventional products
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
85Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)
If this brand has other third-party labels, particularly animal-welfare labels, that will provide them extra points in this category depending on the particular label and its standards.
Other Labels/Standards
40Non-GMO certified (AGA Grassfed in process for some products)
100% Grass-fed with independent verification or independent standards to ensure compliance will receive full points in this category. Other points are attributed to how much forage composes the dairy cows’ diets.
65Markets as grassfed with high levels of forage in diets
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
75Requires at most 3 cows per acre
Where cows are milked one to two times per day they receive top points. It's standard organic protocol to milk two times a day. Dairies that milk three-to-four times a day is one indicator of factory-organics.
Times Milked
95Most suppliers milk two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies), but some milk one time a day
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
60Over 15% annually
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
90Most farms closed herd; organic animals purchased when dairies expand
If this brand has a unique way of managing calves they receive more points. If they remove the calf shortly after birth (the standard practice) they receive 70 points.
80Most are standard practice (removing calves shortly after birth); two of their dairies raise the calves with their mothers for several weeks.
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
100No antibiotic use
When no hormones are used on farm(s) this brand receives full points. When the brand uses hormones therapeutically post-birth the brand receives 50 points.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones used
Farmstead dairies (lives on site) get full points and cooperative/corporations that set standards and have staff that visit the supplying dairies also receive top points. No direct supervision and/or personal relationship with farm(s) gets low or no points.
Farm Support
90Representatives visit farm regularly
Full control of any added ingredients (100% come from within organization) receives top points. Dairy ingredients purchased from a number of different vendors (with less direct control) receives fewer points in this category.
Procurement of Ingredients
80Purchases some outside ingredients from good suppliers
Several questions were asked in addition to the original survey questions that would ultimately give producers “extra credit” points. Look for details in individual brand explanations.
Extra Credit
100OSP submitted, very transparent. With respect to the concern of fraudulent grain imports, this brand has farmers produce the majority of feed on-farm, with some feed purchased on the local open market (and tested as GMO-free)

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