Ayrshire Farms

Farm/Brand HeadquartersUpperville, VA
ProductsChicken, turkey, pet food
Market AreaVirginia
Total Score570

Ayrshire Farms did not participate in Cornucopia’s investigation despite evidence showing they are a diversified farm with Certified Humane (HFAC) and Predator-Friendly farm certifications.

TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 570
2-Bird Rating | Fair
Family Farms and cooperatives receive the most points. Corporations and companies with poor or negligible farm oversight receive the fewest points.
Ownership structure
100No response; research indicates diversified farm
100% organic brands receive the most points. Split operations receive fewer with increased penalties for poor segregation at the processor and farm level.
Dedication to Organic Production
50No response, research indicates diversified organic farm
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
0Did not respond to survey or participate in our investigation
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
75Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
50No answer, flock sizes appear moderate according to research
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
50No answer, stocking density appears moderate with a focus on good welfare according to research
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
45Non-responsive, but research shows broilers are likely confined to static houses while turkeys get some legitimate outdoor access
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
0No answer, meat birds appear to be Cornish X type with unknown slaughter age
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
0No response
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
30No response, research shows turkeys at least get legitimate outdoor access
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
60Certified Humane (HFAC); Predator-Friendly farm
Maximum points given for high quality, rotated pasture. Non-rotated pasture adjacent to fixed housing with lower than 90% vegetative cover receives fewer points.
Outdoor Management
40No response, research indicates that turkeys appear to have legitimate outdoor access
100 points for on-farm production and/or milling of feed. Fewest points given to feed that cannot be verified as domestic and/or birds get poor or no supplementation from outdoor foraging.
Feed Sourcing
0No response, unknown feed sourcing for broilers
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
0No response, unkown level of synthetic methionine supplementation
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
0No response, unknown
Chicks and poults that are certified organic since hatching, or are hatched on-farm receive 100 points. Off-farm or conventional chicks and poults receive 70 points.
Chick and Poult Sourcing
0No response
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
0No response, research indicates they are not de-BEAKED but non info on beak trimming
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
70Appears to be a farmstead, with owners on site
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Slaughter Method (non-scoring)
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Soy Free Ration? (non-scoring)
No. Soy is fed.
Maximum transparency, sharing of the organic systems plan, and/or novel practices that sets the brand apart from the rest of the industry can result in extra credit points.
Extra Credit