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Brand Name Clover Organic
Rating (2)    
Company by Clover Organic
Location California
Market Area West coast
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Two-egg brands are generally larger vertically integrated operations and/or they purchase eggs from multiple farmers (or work with farmers on a contract basis supplying the chickens, feed and management oversight). Based on our analysis a number of them do not appear to meet the minimum USDA standards for legal outdoor access (although compliance might vary and you should look at the narrative regarding the brand). All these brands lose credit for not being fully transparent with Cornucopia researchers, and indirectly their organic community customers (Note: please see score on disclosure rate below – the score on this question also relates to their willingness to have their farms open to our inspection and/or supply required photographs of all four sides of each chicken coop producing their eggs). We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

Clover Organic Farms purchases its eggs from a local, family-owned layer facility with over 100 years of experience in the industry. Because of the close proximity to our egg producers we are able to work with them on a daily basis to ensure that we are receiving the best quality eggs on the market.

All of Clover’s organic eggs come from four different breeds of hens: Hy-line, Lohman, Bovan and H & N. The hens are fed a diet of organic feed which consist of grains and minerals. No hormones or chemicals are ever added to the hen’s diet. The hens live in an environment that is suitable to their species, allowing them access to the outdoors and the ability to roost at night.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family farm owned business with contracts with other farmers
Average Flock Size 0 not disclosed
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 75 QAI
Commitment to Organics 20 splt operation with organic and cages conventional hens on same property
Indoor Space per Bird 50 1.2 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, deep litter, scratching areas
Litter Management 0 not disclosed
Natural Light 90 abundant natural light in henhouses
Outdoor Space per Bird 20 1.2 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 40 one door per 1,000-2,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 0 none
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 year-round except during inclement weather
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed houses with non-rotated outdoor space
Manure Handling System 80 sold off farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 80 tipped on day one of life
Laying Hen Lifespan 80 1.6 years
Use of Spent Hens 0 not disclosed
Death Loss Rate 0 not disclosed
Pullets 60 company raised own pullets, distributes to farmers
Pullet Access to Outdoors 0 not disclosed
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but access to some pasture
US Grown Feed 0 not disclosed
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 30 did not complete new survey, responses from old survey, no photos or producer list
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1265