OrgaNick Pastures

Total Score2275

Nick Westby began his career in agriculture as a farmhand when he was in high school at a farm producing organic fertilizer from chicken manure. As he was learning the ropes around the farm, he quickly started imagining where he could find his niche in the industry.

After graduating high school from Poynette, Nick went to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. During college, Nick continued to work on a chicken farm — this time in Kewaskum — and he always fixated on finding his own niche in the chicken farming industry.

Nick’s creativity led him to consider a few different options, but none were as attractive as setting a new standard as the first certified humane pasture-raised organic egg company in Wisconsin.

Ownership Structure100
Average Flock Size60
Single or Double Henhouses100
Other Certifications (bonus points)60
Organic Certifier100
Commitment to Organics100
Indoor Space per Bird80
Indoor Enrichments100
Litter Management100
Natural Light100
Outdoor Space per Bird100
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors60
Outdoor Enrichments100
Outdoor Space Exemptions100
Outdoor Management System60
Manure Handling System100
Forced Molting100
Beak Trimming80
Laying Hen Lifespan80
Use of Spent Hens100
Death Loss Rate100
Pullet Access to Outdoors40
Feed Produced on Farm75
US Grown Feed70
Soy in FeedNo
Synthetic Amino Acids70
Disclosure Rate100