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Brand Name Stueve's Certified Organic
Rating (5)    
Company by Stueve's
Location Oakdale, CA
Market Area Veritable Vegetable distributes in Bay 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.

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 100 family partnership, produce 100% of own eggs
Average Flock Size 90 flock size 600 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points) 100 Biodynamic certified
Organic Certifier 75 Oregon Tilth
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic
Indoor Space per Bird 100 less than 1 sq ft/bird but fully pastured, outside all day
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches and full pasture access
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 100 rotated around 800 acres
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 birds kept on rotated pasture in mobile housing, can exit on both sides
Outdoor Enrichments 80 feed, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 100 outdoor access year-round 
Outdoor Management System 100 rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved every 1-2 days
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 80 18-20months old
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold live at auction
Death Loss Rate 100 less than 3%
Pullets 60 raises up from day old chicks and buys in ready-to-lay pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 60 14 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produce on farm but birds acquire some of diet from pasture 
US Grown Feed 100 100% of feed grown & milled domestically
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 100 No synthetic methionine used
Disclosure Rate 100 full disclosure
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2495
FIVE EGGS (Exemplary)