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 2700)1395
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure80Family-owned business—close ties/partnership with farmers
Milk Supply85Own patrons
Organic Production70Markets both organic and conventional products
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification85Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)
Other Labels/Standards40Non-GMO certified (AGA Grassfed in process for some products)
Grass-fed65Markets as grassfed with high levels of forage in diets
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture75Requires at most 3 cows per acre
Times Milked95Most suppliers milk two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies), but some milk one time a day
Cull/death Rate60Over 15% annually
Replacements90Most farms closed herd; organic animals purchased when dairies expand
Calves80Most are standard practice (removing calves shortly after birth); two of their dairies raise the calves with their mothers for several weeks.
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support90Representatives visit farm regularly
Procurement of Ingredients80Purchases some outside ingredients from good suppliers
Extra Credit100OSP 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)