Upstate Farms (Upstate Niagara Coop.)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersBuffalo, NY
ProductsFluid milk
Market AreaNY, PA
Total Score1070
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1070
3-Cow Rating | Unverified
Ownership structure90Farmer-owned cooperative
Milk Supply85Cooperative milk supply with a few outside suppliers
Organic Production70Brand markets organic and conventional products
Disclosure of Information for Verification60Partial disclosure
Organic Certification90Farms certified by NOFA-NY, NOFA-VT, PCO, ECO-CERT ICO, and Global Organic Alliance (GOA); Plants certified by QAI
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed50Does not market grassfed; meets minimum standards
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture50Meets minimum standards for pasture
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies); some farms use robotic milkers
Cull/death Rate0No answer
Replacements90Most farms are closed herd
Calves75Remove calf from mother shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic used
Hormone Usage50Reproductive hormones may be used therapeutically
Farm Support90Field staff visit farms multiple times per year
Procurement of Ingredients80Some outside ingredients purchased on open market
Extra Credit0None