Great Valley Pastured Eggs

Rating
CompanyGreat Valley Poultry
Outdoor AccessTruly Pastured
Market AreaCA
LocationManteca, CA
Websitewww.greatvalleypoultry.com
Total Score2170

Please note: this is the listing for Great Valley’s pastured organic eggs.

Looking for a way to bring his family up in the country, away from the city, George Jenkins purchased a small chicken ranch in the Central San Joaquin Valley in 1967. Needing a business partner he turned to his father-in-law, Chester McKim. On this ranch they raised chickens and provided eggs to a small processor in Ripon, California. Seeing the need for cage free and organic grown chickens he converted the farm to completely cage free in 1995. Great Valley Poultry has been organic certified with Global Culture since 2004. Now his daughter, Dana Corbin and her husband, Arney Corbin have taken over the farm and still believe in the need for cage free and organic eggs. Their son Denton Corbin is currently enrolled at the local Junior College majoring in Poultry Science and Ag Business. This makes the farm a four generation farm and still going strong

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2170
4-Egg Rating | Excellent
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
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
901,000 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)
60Certified Humane
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100Global Culture
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
80markets both organic and conventional eggs
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
801.5 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, sawdust litter, year-round outdoor access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100Year-round outdoor access
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100Year-round outdoor access
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100108 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
80Two 8' x 10' doors
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
60Shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
100None
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
70Fixed housing with rotated pasture
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
80Manure sold for fertilizer
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
70Beak trimming within first 10 days of life
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
6078 weeks average
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 for food
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
2010%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
70Pullets purchased from outside source
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
80average 6 weeks old
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50No feed produced on farm but access to outdoors with some vegetation
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
50Associated feed; didn't say if domestic or not
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
Yessoy 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
100Full disclosure