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Brand Name Pin Oak Farms
Rating (5)    
Company by Pin Oak Farms
Location Harlan, IA
Market Area Omaha, NE, and western Iowa
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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 green, such as this one, are providing "Enhanced Outdoor Access" to their birds. Their hens live in fixed housing surrounded by a generous amount of outdoor space which they have access to. We've invited them to write a bit about their farm and operation…

Pin Oak Place is a new enterprise of young beginning farmers Ellen and Daniel Walsh-Rosmann. The farm is located on Rosmann Family Farms just west of Harlan in Shelby County, Iowa. The Farm was started in 2011.

Our mission is to provide high quality organically grown produce to consumers of Shelby county and the surrounding area. While caring for our land, providing for our community and educating our consumers.

We are proud to offer certified organic eggs through out the year. Our hens are fed grain all grown on our farm and vegetable scrap. They also enjoy eating bugs when they are outside. During the winter they are kept warm in a barn. They have access to fresh air, clean water and sunshine.

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family farm, produce 100% of eggs
Average Flock Size 100 flock size under 500 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 0 none
Organic Certifier 85 Iowa Dept. of Ag
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 37 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture
Litter Management 100 year-round pasture access
Natural Light 100 Birds have ample access to the outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Outdoor Space per Bird 60 3 acres
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 90 at least one door per 76-250 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 80 water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 year-round pasture access
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed housing with non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 100 made into compost and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 60 1.5 years old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live for food, eggs
Death Loss Rate 80 between 5%
Pullets 80 raise up from day old chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 80 10 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 100 all feed produced and milled on farm
US Grown Feed 100 all domestically grown
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 100 no synthetic methionine in ration
Disclosure Rate 70 no photo set
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2385
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)