Deck Family Farm (Friends Farm)

Product offeringsRetail cuts, ground
Market areaFarm direct, CSA
LocationJunction City, OR
Participated in Survey?Yes
Total Score1030

They say: “Our cows are raised and finished the way nature intended – on 100% grass, herbs, and clover. During the winter months, our cattle are fed balage, a method for fermenting sprint-time forage which provides a high quality diet and consistent rates of gain throughout the year. This results in a beef product that has more beneficial fatty acids (from the 100% forage based diet), is higher in flavor, and maintains tenderness.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 1030
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
100Superb transparency
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
100Family farm/ranch
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
100Single farm/ranch source
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
50Sells both certified and non-certified beef
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
80American Grassfed Association, Salmon Safe
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
100Finished on pasture not in feedlot. 100% grass fed; only fed grass forage, bailage, and hay in winter
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
100Rotational grazing during season. Diverse species re-seeding
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
100Significant work in environmental stewardship. Waterways in restoration program and not grazed, soil testing, vegetation monitoring, erosion controls, etc. Does not use public lands
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
100Produces 100% of its feed ration on the farm/ranch
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
100Less than 5% annually
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
100Live on-farm, daily interaction
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