Cornucopia Institute Home Page
View Scorecard Criteria
Back to Ratings
Brand Name Stueve's Certified Organic
Rating (5)    
Company by Stueve's
Location Oakdale, CA
Market Area Veritable Vegetable distributes in Bay Area
Web Site

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.

The history of the Lloyd Stueve family is rooted in agriculture. About four generations ago his ancestors arrived from Germany. They came here as Germans but became American farmers, citizens, and Christian leaders in their communities. Beginning in 1839, on a farm in Missouri, the Stueves learned to clear thick forests so they could cultivate, plant and raise cows, chickens and pigs, using plow horses to do much of the work. Later, many of Lloyd’s father’s generation, Harold J.J. Stueve, followed him and his two uncles, Elmer and Ed to southern California to establish, in time, one of the country’s largest family owned dairy farms, Alta-Dena Dairy. Today the Lloyd Stueve family is continuing the farming tradition in the central valley of California. His family works hard to produce quality, healthy, organic products for consumption. These products are produced on their Certified Organic farm with emphasis on organic milk, beef, eggs, and olive oil. The cows, chickens and beef animals all graze on the pastures this farm encompasses bringing omega 3’s, CLA’s, non-GMO qualities to the foods. We all hope you will enjoy not only the taste and nutrition of these products but also that you will appreciate the time, effort and passion that it took to produce them.

Our eggs are on native ground that has never been sprayed with pesticides. We only treat and feed organically. With our chickens being in the pasture and rotating every other day gives the chickens a new, fresh area for feed (grass, clover, fly larve, grubs and other insects), and also keeps their area clean. We supplement their diet with a high quality feed from a local custom grain milling facility. Our belief is producing the highest quality egg for consumers to enjoy and know that what they are putting in their body is the best. With our operation being mobile everything has to be brought to them ie. Feed, fresh water, etc.

Check us out on Facebook at Stueve’s Organic Farms

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)