Larry Schultz Organic Farm

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersOwatonna, MN
Websitehttp://www.lsofarm.com/
Market AreaUpper midwest
Total Score1355
CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 1355
4-egg
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
90Family owned with contracts with other farmers in neighboring area; close relationship with suppliers
Brands that only produce organic products make the biggest investments — in time and money — in systems that benefit us all. Eggs sourced from a single operation receive the most points. Eggs of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Commitment to Organic Label
100Produces only organic eggs
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
50Certified Humane (free range)
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
80Less than 10,000 birds in all suppliers — most flocks are 5,000
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
85Fixed housing (no aviary barns) with large exit areas
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
80At least 1.5 square feet/bird, with some suppliers affording more space
High scoring brands provide enough space to allow each hen to fully utilize their outdoor area, and to perform instinctive behaviors without harming the environment.
Outdoor Spacing
75At least 4 square feet/bird, with many suppliers offering more space
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
75Confirmed legitimate outdoor access seasonally, with access to tree and shrub vegetation that chickens love, non-rotated
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
60Around 18 weeks
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
Enrichments
80Some enrichments provided, including shrubs and trees and legitimate outdoor enrichments; most suppliers graze cattle or horses in same pastures
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
Alterations
70Beak trimmed at hatchery when less than 10 days old
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
75Uses ready-to-lay pullets that are grown specifically for the brand, maintains close connection to suppliers
Brands that have low rates of deaths and utilize their spent hens for human consumption or similar score the highest.
Deaths, Culls, and Spent Hens
95Between 3-5% death rate; sold live and used for human consumption
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
75Manages for healthy vegetation, including trees and shrubs in outdoor areas; sells/gives away manure or uses it for fertility in pastures or crops
Feed Sourcing90Sources feed from local suppliers and a significant portion of feed is grown on Amish supplier farms (often ground/milled elsewhere)
Brands that score well here go above and beyond to ensure the highest animal welfare, taking into consideration their hens’ safety and cleanliness, natural behavior, and stress levels.
Animal Welfare
75Good animal welfare benchmark
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
Transparency
100Full transparency
Brands do not receive points, but this information is offered for people with soy and/or gluten allergies.
Soy free and/or gluten free?
Unknown
Brands do not receive points, but are invited to submit the name of their Accredited Organic Certifier (suppliers may have different certifiers).
Organic Certifier (non-scoring)
GOA and MOSA
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit
0None