Dream Farm

Rating
CompanyDream Farm
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaWI
LocationCross Plains, WI
Market Area DetailMadison WI Area
Websitewww.dreamfarm.biz
Total Score2290

We are a family farm raising a variety of livestock on 25 acres. In addition to laying hens, we raise dairy goats and craft cheese in our licensed on-farm cheeserie. We also raise Jacob sheep, a few grass fed steers and 3 pigs to consume the cheese whey. Whey is also fed to the chickens. We strive to maintain our farm in a way that is benefiting all living organisms of our place. We hope to leave this farm in a better place than when we began farming this beautiful land.

Note from Cornucopia: You can meet Jim and Diana Murphy, owners of Dream Farm, in a brief video that accompanies our report, Scrambled Eggs.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2290
5-Egg Rating | Top Rated
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own eggs receive the most points. Corporations that do not produce any eggs receive the fewest points.
Ownership Structure
100family farm, produces all of own eggs
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
100under 500 birds
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
100single
Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Certifications (bonus points)
none
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100MOSA
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100100% organic
More than 1.8 square feet per bird receives the most points, less than 1.2 square feet receives the fewest.
Indoor Space per Bird
100Over 5 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, dust baths, outdoor access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100year-round pasture access
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100birds have ample access to outdoors for natural light during all daylight hours
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100over 1,000 sq ft/hen
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
100at least one door per 75 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
100feed, water, shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
100year-round pasture access
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
100rotated pasture with mobile housing, moved daily
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100manure is spread out by birds through rotations
Farms that never force molting receive the most points.
Forced Molting
100no forced molting
Farms that never trim or tip beaks receive the most points.
Beak Trimming
100no beak trimming
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
40less than 1.5 years old
Farms where spent hens die a natural death, are sold for meat, or are processed and sold for human consumption, receive the most points.
Use of Spent Hens
100sold live for food, eggs
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
20less than 10% per year due to piling, hawks, owls, illness
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raise up from day old chicks
Farms that allow pullets access to the outdoors within the first 6 weeks of life, or within 6-10 weeks, receive the most points.
Pullet Access to Outdoors
4016 weeks
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
75whey from cheesemaking plus pasture
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70try to get domestic but can't be sure
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
Nono soy in feed ration
Farms that do not feed synthetic amino acids receive the most points.
Synthetic Amino Acids
70No more than 2 lbs per ton
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
95full photo set, one unclear answer