Organic Prairie (Organic Valley)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersLa Farge, WI
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score735
TOTAL (possible score is 1800) 735
3-Bird Rating | Very Good
Family Farms and cooperatives receive the most points. Corporations and companies with poor or negligible farm oversight receive the fewest points.
Ownership structure
80Co-operative with close ties to farming community
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
100CROPP is a flagship brand in the organic industry, with strong commitment to organics with 100% organic production (brand does not market conventional)
Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Transparency and Disclosure
20Did not complete survey; individual farmers willing to participate in investigation
Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
75No response; certifiers for individual farms vary
To receive full points, flocks must number 500 birds or fewer (200 for turkeys).
Flock size
30No response; investigation suggests flock sizes are moderate at indivudual supplier farms
No more than 1.5 lbs of bird per square foot is required for full points.
Stocking Density
20No response; stocking density likelyaround 5lbs/square foot at a minimum
Mobile housing receives the highest number of points.
Housing Style
40Majority of suppliers use static (fixed) housing, with some dedication to maintaining vegetation
Heritage varieties receive the highest number of points.
Strain and/or Breed and Slaughter Age
40Brand uses Cornish Cross or similar with some commitment to utilizing outdoor spaces, slaughtering at 4-5 weeks.
Birds must spend 3/4ths or more of their lives outdoors for full points.
Timing for Outdoor Access
30No response; typically around 4 weeks of age. Birds likley spend less than ½ of their lives outdoors with poor or inconsistent outdoor access for individuals.
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; co-op uses supplier farms that likely use some enrichments, but the extent is unknown.
Points awarded for labels that go above and beyond organic.
Other Labels/Standards
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
40Confirmed that the brand meets minimum organic standards for 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
30No response; sourcing difficult to track but majorrity of farms use domestic or even local grain sourcing
Methionine needs met by outdoor foraging receives 100 points. Synthetic supplementation receives 70 points.
Synthetic Methionine
70No response; many farms likley supplement maxium allowed
Under 5% cull and death rate required for full points.
Cull/death Rate
40No response; likely moderate based on background investigations but varies widely depending on supplier farms
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, likely from conventional hatcheries
No physical alterations required for full points. Permitting beak tipping results in fewer points.
Physical Alterations
20No response; Brand regularly performs or allows the performance of beak tipping
Measures farm oversight. Farmer owned brands, or daily visits by management required for maximum points.
Farm Support
70No response; cooperative that sets standards and has a staff that visits farms regularly
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)
Soy likely 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