Fulton Valley Farms (Pitman Family Farms)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersSanger, CA
ProductsChicken
Websitehttp://www.fultonvalley.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score320

Fulton Valley Farms is a brand subsidiary of Pitman Family Farms. This industrial-organic brand that was not transparent in Cornucopia’s investigation, and caution is recommended.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 320
1-Bird Rating | Factory Farms
Family Farms and cooperatives receive the most points. Corporations and companies with poor or negligible farm oversight receive the fewest points.
Ownership structure
0Corporate brand, with unknown history with farmers
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
0Corporate brand that mimics conventional practices with some exceptions
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
0No response to survey
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
0No response
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
0No response
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
0No response, but requires that stocking density must not exceed 6 lbs/ft2
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
30Static barns/fixed housing without any legitimate outdoor access, but still some enrichments that promote bird welfare
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
20No response, but likely fast-growing strains with some third-party label requirements on strain considerations
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
20Likely less than 1/2 of lives with access to outdoors; not all birds are able to access outdoors
Enrichments include but are not limited to shade structures, water, novel feedstuff (greens, mealworms, sprouted grains), and dust baths.
Enrichments (outdoor and indoor)
30Enrichment indoors with straw bales (for picking at) and shade structures outdoors
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
40GAP certified to step 3 and Non-GMO Project verified
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
30Outdoor access is defined as an outdoor area but does not have to be pasture
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
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
0No response but likely supplements 2.5lbs for broiler chickens (the maximum allowed by organic regulations)
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
50Cull and death rate monitored due to 3rd party label
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
100All physical alterations are prohibited by their 3rd party label (GAP step 3)
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
0No response
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Slaughter Method (non-scoring)
No response
Non-scoring, category provided for information only.
Soy Free Ration? (non-scoring)
No response
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
0None