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Brand Name Stiebrs
Rating (3)    
Company by Stiebrs Farms
Location Yelm, WA
Market Area Western US
Web Site http://www.stiebrsfarms.com/
Stiebrs
 

Three-egg brands are generally larger vertically integrated operations and/or purchase eggs from multiple farmers (or work with farmers on a contract basis supplying the chickens, feed and management oversight). Based on our analysis they appear to all meet the minimum USDA standards for legal outdoor access and many deserve credit for 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...


Stiebrs Farms was founded in 1953.  We are now three generations strong with the forth up and coming.  Stiebrs Farms produces, processes and distributes all of their products on their own in the Pacific Northwest region.  Stiebrs Farms Sunrise Fresh label hens are raised in large cage-free henhouses, in which hens lay eggs in nests and are free to run, preen and socialize. They are fed a pure vegetarian diet of corn, wheat, barley and soy, and never receive hormones or antibiotics. The Stiebrs’ flock of omega-3 hens are also fed organic flaxseed. Stiebrs certified organic and pasture-raised certified-organic hens are fed organic vegetarian feed and spend time outdoors in pastures.  The pasture raised birds get rotated weekly.  To maintain the integrity of their organic program, the Stiebrs family owns and operates their own certified organic feed mill. Stiebrs Farms cage-free and organic eggs are Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care.


Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure 100 family owned corporation, produce all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 60 flocks avg 9,500
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 60 HFAC, GAP, Non-GMO
Organic Certifier 100 WSDA
Commitment to Organics 40 raise and sell both organic and conventional eggs
Indoor Space per Bird 80 1.5 sq ft/hen 
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, litter, outdoor access
Litter Management 100 freshened weekly
Natural Light 80 some natural light via windows
Outdoor Space per Bird 50 2-29 sq ft/hen
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 70 one door per 500-1,000 birds
Outdoor Enrichments 60 shade,
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 let out daily after morning lay
Outdoor Management System 65 fixed houses with rotated pasture or non-rotated pasture
Manure Handling System 90 some used on farm, some shared with local grain growers, some sold
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 80 beaks tipped on day 1
Laying Hen Lifespan 40 72-75 weeks average
Use of Spent Hens 80 sold to rendering plant for pet food
Death Loss Rate 60 6%
Pullets 80 raise up pullets from chicks
Pullet Access to Outdoors 60 14 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 80 mill all of own feed
US Grown Feed 60 try to secure all domestic grains when possible
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 70 No more than 2 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 40 not a full photo set, would not all a farm tour
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1975
THREE EGGS (Very Good)