Organic Valley

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersLa Farge, WI
Websitewww.organicvalley.coop
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1505
CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 1505
3-Egg Rating | Very Good
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
90farmer-owned cooperative that produces all of eggs marketed
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
60Ê5,500 bird flock
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
75Oregon Tilth
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
70company only markets organic but some farms produce non-organic eggs (ex. Judy's)
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
801.75 sq ft/henÊ
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100perches, scratching areas, litter
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
60litter freshened after each flock removed
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
80limited natural light inside the house
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
40company requires 5 sq ft/hen except at Judy's Farm & Bushman farm (for some strange reason?)
Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
50somewhere between 1 door for every 500-3,000 hens
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
0no answer
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
50some are confined seasonally in winter, others confined year-round
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
30fixed housing with non-rotated outdoor space, porches, or no outdoor space at all (Bushmans)
Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
50no answer
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
70beaks trimmed in 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
40laying hens live less than 1.5 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
30some sold live, some composted, some sold for pet food
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
80probably 5%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
40most farmers purchase ready-to-lay pullets from outside sources
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
4018 weeks of age
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
50some farmers grow their own feed, others do not
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
40some feed ingredients grown/milled outside of US
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
10refused to fill out survey, some transparency on website