Trail’s End Organic Farm

Rating
Product offeringsWhole, half, quarter
Websitewww.trailsendorganicbeef.com/
Market areaLocally in IL, delivery
LocationPutnam, IL
Specialty labels100% grass fed
Participated in Survey?No
Total Score545

This brand did not participate in Cornucopia’s survey. Trail’s End Organic Farm delivers to Central Illinois and the Chicago suburbs, or allows customers to pick up their meat at the processor. Call farm to reserve ahead of time.

Cornucopia’s investigation found some information about this brand and associated farming practices, but was not able to confirm everything due to the brand owners not participating in our survey. If you are familiar with this brand we encourage you contact the brand owners and ask for them to participate in Cornucopia’s research.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1100) 545
3-Steak
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
40Did not participate; investigation found some information
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
75Farmstead multi-generational farm
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
75Single-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
75Appears committed to organic label, but did not participate in survey
This category is non-scoring and provided for information purposes.
Organic Certifier
0ECO
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
0Unknown
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
75100% grass fed; likely finished on pasture, meets organic minimum
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
75Indication of good pasturing practices, and confirmed meeting organic minimum
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
30Some indication of good land stewardship
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
50Produces at least some feed on-site
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
0Unknown
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
Oversight
50Likely of good oversight, unknown if closed herd
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