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Brand Name Green Pastures Poultry Farm
Rating (3)    
Company by Green Pastures
Location Cashton, WI
Market Area Wisconsin
Web Site None

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...

This 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 farm, produces all of own eggs
Average Flock Size 80 1,400 birds
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points)

Organic Certifier 100 NICS
Commitment to Organics 100 100% organic farm
Indoor Space per Bird 80 1.7 sq. ft./bird
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, pasture access
Litter Management 80 litter freshened as needed; seasonal pasture access
Natural Light 90 All natural light with artificial light added in winter for 14 hour day length
Outdoor Space per Bird 40
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 40 One door
Outdoor Enrichments 80 water, shelters
Outdoor Space Exemptions 70 confined seasonally
Outdoor Management System 60 fixed structures with non-rotated outdoor space
Manure Handling System 100 Used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 50 Pullets come trimmed
Laying Hen Lifespan 40 1 year
Use of Spent Hens 100 Sold as stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 20 10%
Pullets 40 Buy ready-to-lay pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 20 22 weeks
Feed Produced on Farm 50 no feed produced on farm but birds acquire some of diet from pasture
US Grown Feed 70 Actively work to secure domestic grain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 10 2.5 lbs per ton
Disclosure Rate 100
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1820
THREE EGGS (Very Good)