Working Cows Dairy

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersSlocomb, AL
ProductsButter, cream, fluid milk, vat pasteurized, grassfed
Websitewww.workingcowsdairy.com
Market AreaAL
Total Score1610

Working Cows Dairy has tested a significant percentage of their cows for A2 milk but does not have a 100% A2 milk herd. They vat pasteurize their products (at a low temperature).

They write: “In 1985, we, Jan and Rinske de Jong, came to the land of opportunity with a dream to start a dairy of our own. We started “Working Cows Dairy” in October 1985. We milked 180 cows for a dairy farmer in Cottondale Florida and for that we could use his barn and 40 acres. We leased 55 cows, with the $5,000 we had saved in Holland, and started milking about 20 hours a day. In the spring of 1986 Jan planted watermelons on part of the land and had a fruit stand on Hwy 231. We stayed on this place for 2 years and left with 29 cows to a rented place in Grand-Ridge Florida. There we had three boys Jonny, Mendy, and Ike. We worked our way up from 29 cows to 220 cows four years later. We moved again to the place we are now located in June 1991.

We do not homogenize our milk so the cream still comes to the top. We sell Whole, 2%, 1%, and Fat Free all in gallons and half gallons. We have half gallons of cream and chocolate milk too. Please visit our website for more information on our family farm.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)1610
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure100Family farm
Milk Supply100Single farm
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic dairy products
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification75California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
Other Labels/Standards100Animal Welfare Approved & American Grassfed Cert.
Grass-fed100100% grassfed, certified by AGA
Soy Free Ration?Yes
Pasture100Excellent pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate90Low cull rate
Replacements100Closed herd
Calves80Calves kept with mothers or nurse cows for at least 12 weeks
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support100Single farm
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit75OSP submitted, very transparent