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Brand Name Herbruck Poultry Ranch
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Company Herbruck Poultry Ranch
Location Saranac, MI
Market Area Nationwide
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industrial organics and/or not open enough to participate
One of their facilities in Michigan, pushing 2 million, is quite likely the largest single certified "organic" egg operation in the United States. It was targeted by The Cornucopia Institute in its aerial photography surveillance. On a day with ideal weather for organic livestock to be outdoors not one chicken was visible. This resulted in Cornucopia filing a formal legal complaint against the company and, subsequently, its certifier (Quality Insurance International – QAI).

Criteria Points Comments
Ownership Structure
Average Flock Size
Single or Double Henhouses
Other Certifications (bonus points)
Organic Certifier
Commitment to Organics
Indoor Space per Bird
Indoor Enrichments
Litter Management
Natural Light
Outdoor Space per Bird
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
Outdoor Enrichments
Outdoor Space Exemptions
Outdoor Management System
Manure Handling System
Forced Molting
Beak Trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan
Use of Spent Hens
Death Loss Rate
Pullet Access to Outdoors
Feed Produced on Farm
US Grown Feed
Soy in Feed
Synthetic Amino Acids
Disclosure Rate
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 0 ONE EGG (Industrial Organics)