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Brand Name Dream Farm
Rating (5)    
Company by Dream Farm
Location Wisconsin
Market Area Madison, WI area
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Five-egg brands are at the top of the pecking order in terms of our 28 scoring criterion. And the brands, highlighted in gold, such as this one, are rotating their birds in mobile coops to the pasture. They are truly what we consider the "gold standard" in terms of certified organic egg production. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

We are a family farm raising a variety of livestock on 25 acres. In addition to laying hens, we raise dairy goats and craft cheese in our licensed on-farm cheeserie. We also raise Jacob sheep, a few grass fed steers and 3 pigs to consume the cheese whey. Whey is also fed to the chickens. We strive to maintain our farm in a way that is benefiting all living organisms of our place. We hope to leave this farm in a better place than when we began farming this beautiful land.

Note from Cornucopia: You can meet Jim and Diana Murphy, owners of Dream Farm, in a brief video that accompanies our report, Scrambled Eggs.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 100 under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) none
Organic Certifier 100 MOSA
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 Over 5 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, outdoor access
Litter Management 100 year-round pasture access
Natural Light 100 birds have ample access to outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Outdoor Space per Bird 100 over 1,000 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 at least one door per 75 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 100 feed, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 year-round pasture access
Outdoor Management System 100 rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved daily
Manure Handling System 100 manure is spread out by birds through rotations
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 40 less than 1.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 20 less than 10% per year due to piling, hawks, owls, illness
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 40 16 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 75 whey from cheesemaking plus pasture
US Grown Feed 70 try to get domestic but can't be sure
Soy in Feed No no soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 95 full photo set, one unclear answer
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2290
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)