Misty Brook Farm

Rating
Product offeringsRetail cuts, veal
Websitewww.mistybrook.com
Market areaUnknown
LocationAlbion, ME
Specialty labels100% grass fed
Participated in Survey?Yes
Total Score990

They say: “At Misty Brook Farm we take responsibility for our animals from birth. We operate a mixed livestock farm with dairy cows, dairy sheep, swine, and chickens. A portion of our Jersey dairy cows are bred to a Hereford bull and the calves are raised for beef. We also raise our Jersey bull calves for veal. Every life has a purpose on this farm and all of our calves (dairy, beef, & veal) are raised on mother cows out on pasture. We use multi species grazing to promote soil health. All aspects of our farm work together to create a healthy farm ecosystem.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 990
5-Steak
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 for beef
Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
100Only certified organic and grass fed
This category is non-scoring and provided for information purposes.
Organic Certifier
OCIA
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
0None
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
100Cattle finished on pasture and forage, 100% grass fed
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, strong management for natural resources on diversified farm
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
90Unknown if the brand monitors water quality; closely manages erosion and vegetation quality. Does not graze public lands or riparian areas
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
100100% of the feed is produced on-site
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
100Extremely low losses, rate less than 5%
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
Oversight
100Daily oversight on-farm
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
0None