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Brand Name Nature's Yoke
Rating (4)    
Company by Westfield Egg Farm, Inc. 
Location New Holland, PA
Market Area East Coast
Web Site http://www.naturesyoke.com/
NaturesYoke
 

Four-egg brands have an excellent rating in terms of our 28 scoring criteria. In addition, brands highlighted in green, such as this one, provide "Enhanced Outdoor Access" to their birds. Their hens live in housing surrounded by a generous amount of outdoor space, which they have access to. We've invited all four-egg brands to write a bit about their farm and operation.


This highly rated brand of organic eggs participated in the Organic Egg Scorecard project by answering questions about their production practices. Details about their egg production practices can be found in the table below. We also encourage all highly rated egg brands to send us a brief description of their farm or company and up to two graphic images (normally one of their logo) to post on this webpage. This farm/company has not sent us their materials; if you are one of their customers, and would like to know more about their background, please contact them and encourage them to forward their information to Cornucopia.


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 70 family owned business that contracts with other farms for egg supply
Average Flock Size 60 flocks avg 9,000 in size
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 certified humane
Organic Certifier 85 PCO
Commitment to Organics 80 company markets organic & cage-free; farms do either one or the other not both
Indoor Space per Bird 80 1.5 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 80 most barns have all enrichments
Litter Management 80 litter freshened as needed
Natural Light 90 curtain sides allow abundant natural light
Outdoor Space per Bird 40 2-5 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 80 one door for every 250-500 hens
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 90 year round outdoor access except during inclement weather
Outdoor Management System 70 fixed houses with rotated pastures
Manure Handling System 100 manure recycled on the farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 70 within first 10 days
Laying Hen Lifespan 70 1.5-1.75 years
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 80 2-5% annually
Pullets 60 some raise own chicks, other purchase readt-to-lay pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 50 10-18  weeks of age
Feed Produced on Farm 75 a few farms grow/mill own feed, some grow alfalfa as treat for hens
US Grown Feed 70 feed is local when available
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 80 no full photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2050
FOUR EGGS (Excellent)