Badger Brook Meats

Product offeringsRetail cuts, organs, bones
Market areaLocally in VT, farm direct
LocationDanville, VT
Participated in Survey?No
Total Score665

This brand did not participate in Cornucopia’s survey. Badger Brook Meats is an Organic beef farm located in North Danville VT. They also raise lamb and pork.

They say: “Our certified organic Angus beef is born and raised right here on the farm. Calves are born in the spring, and spend their summers grazing on our rotationally managed pastures and fed certified organic hay throughout the winter.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 665
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
75Did not participate on survey, some information available online
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own beef receive the most points. Corporations that do not directly produce any beef receive the fewest points.
Ownership History
90Appears to be farmstead source
Beef sourced from a single operation receives the most points. Beef of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Beef Supply
75Investigation shows beef likely coming from single source, but unconfirmed
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
75Appears committed to organic label
This category is non-scoring and provided for information purposes.
Organic Certifier
Animal Welfare Approved, Real Organic Project, and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Labels and Standards
100% grass-fed and finished or cattle finished with site-grown supplement receives the most points. Cattle finished exclusively in a feedlot receive the fewest points.
Beef Finishing
70Confirmed exceeds minimum organic standards
Points are awarded for quantity of time cattle are on pasture above and beyond what the USDA requires, and for the quality and care of the pasture.
Pasture and Grazing Management
75Did not participate on survey; evidence shows rotational grazing and good pasture care
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
50Investigation shows some environmental stewardship taking place
Cattle finished on pasture or on feed that is grown on-farm or procured locally receive the most points. Feed of unknown origin, or known to be imported, receives the fewest points.
Feed Sourcing
75Investigation shows most if not all feed produced on-site, but cannot confirm
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
80Investigation shows close oversight and likely closed herds
Brands may receive extra credit for above and beyond transparency, or special practices not otherwise covered in the scorecard (see description for an explanation).
Extra credit