McCluskey Brothers Organic Farms (Shillelagh Glen Farms)

Rating
Product offeringsRetail cuts, gound, bones
Websitewww.mccluskeybros.com
Market areaLocally in WI, online, shipped, farm direct
LocationHill Point, WI
Specialty labelsReal Organic Project, 100% grass fed, diversified
Participated in Survey?No
Total Score715

This brand did not participate in Cornucopia’s survey. Also doing business under the name Shillelagh Glen Farms, McCluskey Brothers Organic Farms is a small, diversified, 100% grass-fed, certified organic family farm in southern Wisconsin offering beef, cheese, and maple syrup. They are certified by the Real Organic Project, which ensures they are exceeding the minimum set by the organic standards.

Cornucopia’s investigation found some information about this brand and associated farming practices, but was not able to confirm everything due to the brand owners not participating in our survey. If you are familiar with this brand we encourage you contact the brand owners and ask for them to participate in Cornucopia’s research.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 715
4-Steak
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
50Did not participate; investigation found some reliable information
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own beef receive the most points. Corporations that do not directly produce any beef receive the fewest points.
Ownership History
80Appears to be farmstead, dairy that also produces beef
Beef sourced from a single operation receives the most points. Beef of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Beef Supply
80Likely single business/ranch source
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
90Appears dedicated to organic label (ROP certification)
This category is non-scoring and provided for information purposes.
Organic Certifier
ICS
Animal Welfare Approved, Real Organic Project, and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Labels and Standards
100Real Organic Project
100% grass-fed and finished or cattle finished with site-grown supplement receives the most points. Cattle finished exclusively in a feedlot receive the fewest points.
Beef Finishing
50Finished on pasture, cannot confirm total diet
Points are awarded for quantity of time cattle are on pasture above and beyond what the USDA requires, and for the quality and care of the pasture.
Pasture and Grazing Management
80Exceeding minimum requirements for pasture care, rotational grazing
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
20Some indication of good land stewardship
Cattle finished on pasture or on feed that is grown on-farm or procured locally receive the most points. Feed of unknown origin, or known to be imported, receives the fewest points.
Feed Sourcing
75Likely produces 100% of feed on-site
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
0Unknown
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
Oversight
90Appears to have close oversight; likely closed herd
Brands may receive extra credit for above and beyond transparency, or special practices not otherwise covered in the scorecard (see description for an explanation).
Extra credit
0None