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Brand Name Lancaster Farm Fresh
Rating (3)    
Company by Lancaster Farms
Location Leola, PA
Market Area Mid-Atlantic
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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 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 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 90 farmer co-operative
Average Flock Size 80 300-2,500
Single or Double Henhouses 100 single
Other Certifications (bonus points)

Organic Certifier 100 MOSA
Commitment to Organics 40 markets conventional and organic
Indoor Space per Bird 80 1.5 sq ft in summer; 2 sq ft in cooler months
Indoor Enrichments 100 perches, dust baths, scratching areas
Litter Management 0 no answer
Natural Light 100 ample natural light
Outdoor Space per Bird 80 87 sq ft/bird
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors 100 Mobile housing
Outdoor Enrichments 100 pasture, water, shade
Outdoor Space Exemptions 0 no answer
Outdoor Management System 90 rotated pasture moved weekly
Manure Handling System 100 composted and used on farm
Forced Molting 100 no forced molting
Beak Trimming 100 no beak trimming
Laying Hen Lifespan 40 8-12 months
Use of Spent Hens 100 sold as stewing hens
Death Loss Rate 0 no answer
Pullets 90 Raises and buys chicks, some buying of pullets
Pullet Access to Outdoors 100 as early as possible
Feed Produced on Farm 80 some corn and soy raised on farm
US Grown Feed 70 Actively work to secure domestic grain
Soy in Feed Yes soy in feed ration
Synthetic Amino Acids 0 no answer
Disclosure Rate 50
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1890
THREE EGGS (Very Good)