Nature’s Yoke

Rating
CompanyWestfield Egg Farm
Outdoor AccessEnhanced Outdoor Access
Market AreaEast Coast
LocationNew Holland, PA
Market Area DetailEast Coast
Websitewww.naturesyoke.com
Total Score2050

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CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 2050
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
70family owned business that contracts with other farms for egg supply
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
60flocks avg 9,000 in size
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
85PCO
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
80company markets organic& cage-free; farms do either one or the other not both
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
80most barns have all enrichments
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
80litter freshened as needed
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
90curtain sides allow abundant natural light
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
402-5 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
80one door for every 250-500 hens
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
90year round outdoor access except during inclement weather
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
70fixed houses with rotated pastures
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
100manure recycled on the farm
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
70within first 10 days
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
701.5-1.75 years
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
802-5% annually
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
60some raise own chicks, other purchase readt-to-lay pullets
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
5010-18 Êweeks of age
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
75a few farms grow/mill own feed, some grow alfalfa as treat for hens
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70feed is local when available
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
80no full photo set