Stiebrs

Rating
CompanyStiebrs Farms
Outdoor AccessStandard USDA Protocol
Market AreaWestern U.S.
LocationYelm, WA
Market Area DetailWestern U.S.
Websitewww.stiebrsfarms.com
Total Score1975

Stiebrs Farms was founded in 1953. We are now three generations strong with the fourth up and coming. Stiebrs Farms produces, processes and distributes all of their products on their own in the Pacific Northwest region. Stiebrs Farms Sunrise Fresh label hens are raised in large cage-free henhouses, in which hens lay eggs in nests and are free to run, preen and socialize. They are fed a pure vegetarian diet of corn, wheat, barley and soy, and never receive hormones or antibiotics. The Stiebrs’ flock of omega-3 hens are also fed organic flaxseed. Stiebrs certified organic and pasture-raised certified-organic hens are fed organic vegetarian feed and spend time outdoors in pastures. The pasture raised birds get rotated weekly. To maintain the integrity of their organic program, the Stiebrs family owns and operates their own certified organic feed mill. Stiebrs Farms cage-free and organic eggs are Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 2700) 1975
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
100family owned corporation, produce all of own eggs
Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
60flocks avg 9,500
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)
60HFAC, GAP, Non-GMO
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
100WSDA
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
40raise and sell both organic and conventional eggs
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
100perches, dust baths, litter, outdoor access
Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
100freshened weekly
Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
80some natural light via windows
Farms that ensure 108ft2 per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
502-29 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
70one door per 500-1,000 birds
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
70let out daily after morning lay
Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
65fixed houses with rotated pasture or 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
90some used on farm, some shared with local grain growers, some sold
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
80beaks tipped on day 1
Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
4072-75 weeks average
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
80sold to rendering plant for pet food
Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
606%
Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
80raise up pullets from chicks
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
6014 weeks
Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
80mill all of own feed
Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
60try to secure all domestic grains when possible
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
40not a full photo set, would not all a farm tour