Wheatfield Hill Beef

Rating
Product offeringsRetail cuts, ground, organs
Websitewww.facebook.com/wheatfieldhillorganics/
Market areaLocally in WI, farmers market, farm direct
LocationDurand, WI
Specialty labelsDiversified
Participated in Survey?Yes
Total Score990

Certified Organic since 1997, Wheatfield Hill Organics is a small, diversified 5th generation family farm located in West-Central Wisconsin. The farm goes above and beyond to support the organic label. Much of their beef is sold through the Organic Prairie (CROPP co-operative), but some of their high quality beef can be acquired locally.

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 disclosure
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
100Multi-generational family buisness
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 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
100Only produces organic beef
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
100Finished on pasture, supplemental feeding of forage during winter time; some cattle grain finished and some grass-finished
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, with close attention paid to pasture health
Brands that closely monitor and manage for health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Stewardship
90Close attention paid to soil health; multiple indicators 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
10090% of feed grown on-site, source some from local neighbors
Lower cull and death rates recieve more points.
Cull and Death Rates
100Death rates less than 5%, usually at calving
More points are given for greater frequency of contact and close management with cattle and closed herds.
Oversight
100On-sight management, 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