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  • Organic Valley Eggs - Response from inquiry about chicken feed

    I like Organic Valley dairy because it is pastured. However, the eggs don't sound as good. I emailed them about what the organic chicken feed is made of and this is the response. Thought I would share.

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    farming practices - chicken feed


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    Response (Tracy Budworth) - 10/20/2011 08:32 AM

    Dear Katie,

    Thank you for contacting Organic Valley and for the very kind words. Our farmers and employees truly appreciate your support.

    Organic Valley farmers are required to provide their animals with outdoor access and all animals receive 100% organic feed. Rations are composed mainly of soy beans, corn, flax seed, and small grains, such as wheat, barley and oats. The amounts may vary depending on the individual farmers management techniques.

    To learn more about our farm requirements you can log onto our Farmer web site, Farmers.coop - Organic Farmers, CROPP Cooperative.

    If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely,
    Tracy Budworth
    Organic Valley
    Consumer Relations - Social Media Specialist
    tracy.budworth@organicvalley.com
    608-625-2666 x3465
    LaFarge, WI 54639

  • Adrianag
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    Originally posted by SoccerGrok View Post
    Gotta agree with this...Well worth the extra cost. ANd your chuck steak can become filet mignon, just slow cook it in the crok pot:-)
    Crockpot grassfed chuck is awesome! Steak, your mileage may vary. Thumbs up on grassfed hamburger as well.

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  • SoccerGrok
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    Originally posted by Timothy View Post
    That is the truth. For example, chuck steak to filet mignon is a lot of money for not a lot of improvement (you just have to chew less). Go wth cheaper cuts of meat, sink the savings into pastured eggs, and profit!
    Gotta agree with this...Well worth the extra cost. ANd your chuck steak can become filet mignon, just slow cook it in the crok pot:-)

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  • Timothy
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    Originally posted by Adrianag View Post
    In the scope of your weekly food budget it is not a lot to switch to pastured eggs. I think you get the most bang or your buck on eggs. You're talking about $4-5 extra tosignificantly improve 1/3 of your meals!
    That is the truth. For example, chuck steak to filet mignon is a lot of money for not a lot of improvement (you just have to chew less). Go wth cheaper cuts of meat, sink the savings into pastured eggs, and profit!

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  • Adrianag
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    Originally posted by MadelynMc View Post
    God, I wish pastured eggs weren't so expensive. I was eating them for about two weeks and now all other eggs look sad to me. We go through about 2 dozen eggs per week, so it would be significantly more expensive. It's fun to crack a pastured egg next to a cage-free egg and see the difference. And it's a HUGE difference.
    In the scope of your weekly food budget it is not a lot to switch to pastured eggs. I think you get the most bang or your buck on eggs. You're talking about $4-5 extra to significantly improve 1/3 of your meals!
    Last edited by Adrianag; 10-20-2011, 05:49 PM.

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  • Adrianag
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    Originally posted by glorth2 View Post
    I haven't found ANY grocery store eggs to compete with the pastured eggs I get. HOWEVER, my wife has a friend with some backyard chickens whose yokes are even more orange and firm. I love them. She has another friend with chickens whose yokes are pale though. I always go with the darker, firmer.
    My egg farmer recently switched from conventional feed to a custom made organic feed. Even though the hens are pastured, the new feed has made a huge improvement in color and flavor.

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  • MadelynMc
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    God, I wish pastured eggs weren't so expensive. I was eating them for about two weeks and now all other eggs look sad to me. We go through about 2 dozen eggs per week, so it would be significantly more expensive. It's fun to crack a pastured egg next to a cage-free egg and see the difference. And it's a HUGE difference.

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  • Timothy
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    By their yolks ye shall know them. Should be as dark as possible with little irregularities like bubbly bits and flecks of blood/tissue.

    When I had to find a new egg source, I bought a half dozen of each type I could find at the farmer's market. Then I put one of each in the skillet each time I made eggs. I quickly found the good brands based on the comparative color and the flavor of the yolk.

    Now I buy the three best varieties each time to get a nice, broad nutritional profile.

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  • carlh
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    Most of the egg brands that are available to me in a grocery store have some variation on "proudly vegetarian fed chickens!" which annoys me a bit. Chickens should be out eating bugs and grubs and things.

    So....farmer's market!

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  • Finnegans Wake
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    Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
    it was a rhetorical question
    LOL, I know, I just got caught up in the moment!

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  • bloodorchid
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    it was a rhetorical question

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  • Finnegans Wake
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    Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
    ...chickens eat everything. why are they only feeding theirs grains?
    Because, as someone noted above, "outdoor access" most definitely does not mean the chickens are prowling open fields eating bugs and whatever else like voracious little raptors. They just have nice ventilation and organic soy to eat!

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  • bloodorchid
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    ...chickens eat everything. why are they only feeding theirs grains?

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  • glorth2
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    I haven't found ANY grocery store eggs to compete with the pastured eggs I get. HOWEVER, my wife has a friend with some backyard chickens whose yokes are even more orange and firm. I love them. She has another friend with chickens whose yokes are pale though. I always go with the darker, firmer.

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  • Uzito
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    Also "provide their animals with outdoor access" does not mean "their chicken go and stay outside during the day". Disappointing.

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