Eel River Organic Beef

Product offeringsRetail cuts, ground
Market areaLocally in CA
LocationHydesville, CA
Specialty labelsGAP
Participated in Survey?Partial
Total Score730

Also known as Victorine Livestock, this brand has a 4 in the GAP label and sells through Whole Foods & several other small vendors in the local area.

TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 730
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
75Good 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
75Small business, sourcing beef from multiple ranchers
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
70Sources from multiple ranches in the same geographic area
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
40Global Animal Partnership
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
70100% grass fed, unknown if finished on feedlots
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
70Low stocking rates, lets pastures rest but may not have rotational grazing
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
50Some work for land stewardship; grazes 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
75Most feed produced on-site
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
80Low cull and death rates
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
75Multiple ranches supply this brand's beef but they have a close relationship
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