OrgaNick Pastures

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPortage, WI
Websitewww.organickpastures.com/
Market AreaUpper midwest
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.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 2275
5-Egg Rating | Top Rated
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, produces all of own eggs
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
6010,000 birds
Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
100Single story mobile housing
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
100MOSA
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100100% organic
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/bird
Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
100Perches, dust baths, scratching, pasture access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100Freshened as needed + year-round pasture access
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
100Year-round pasture access
Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
100Over 108 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
60Approximate one door per 1,000 birds
Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
100Feed, water, shade
Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
100Outdoor access year-round
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
60Fixed housing with non-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
100Manure utilized on 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
80Tipped at hatchery
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
802 years old
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, stew hens at farm store
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
100Less than 2% annually, usually bobcats
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
40Purchase 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
4017 weeks
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
75Hay bales from farm
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
70Not sure
No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
NoHens consume no soy or corn
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