We offer four varieties of eggs: All-Natural; All-Natural Eggs with 160mg ALA Omega-3; Cage-Free; and Organic.
Land O Lakes® All-Natural Eggs are laid by hens fed a special, premium, whole grain diet consisting of primarily whole ground corn and soybean meal. The vegetarian feed contains no chemicals, preservatives, additives, hormones, or antibiotics. No animal fats or animal by-products are added to boost energy intake, which is typical and more cost effective in the production of ordinary supermarket eggs.
The special diet provides a darker, richer-tasting yolk. The formula of the feed is proprietary. Artificial color additives are not permitted in chicken feed. Our feed is purchased domestically.
Land O Lakes® All-Natural Eggs with 160mg ALA Omega 3 provide a good source of ALA Omega-3 fatty acids (10% of the daily recommended intake). These hens are fed a premium, all-vegetable whole-grain diet rich in corn and soy protein – with no animal fat, animal by-products, or added hormones. This feed ration also contains flax seed, resulting in an egg enriched with higher levels of ALA Omega-3. The Omega-3 fatty acids are all found in the yolk of the egg. The hens are not fed any fish oils, which ensures a pure, delicious taste.
Land O Lakes® Cage-Free Eggs are produced by hens housed in a protected area where they are free to roam, perch, scratch and nest. They are fed a premium, all-vegetable whole-grain diet rich in corn and soy protein, with NO animal fat, animal by-products, or added hormones.
All Land O Lakes® Cage-Free Eggs come from farms that are third-party certified under either the American Humane Certification Program (www.americanhumane.org) or the Humane Farm Animal Care Program (www.certifiedhumane.org), or both.
What’s more, Land O Lakes® Cage-Free Eggs bear the USDA Quality Shield on the label. Our participation in this voluntary program provides independent quality evaluation and includes verification that the product placed in the cartons of Land O Lakes® Cage-Free Eggs are, in fact, cage-free eggs.
Land O Lakes® Organic Eggs are produced by cage-free hens with access to the outdoors that are fed a premium diet that is not only all-natural and vegetarian, but also 100% USDA-Certified Organic – consisting of grains produced free of the use of chemicals, pesticides, irradiation, genetic engineering, sewage sludge, animal byproducts, fungicides, herbicides or commercial fertilizers. There are no oyster shells in the feed. No commercial laying hen rations ever contain hormones. Both the ration and the feeding practices are audited by independent organizations accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure compliance with organic standards.
Due to higher production costs and lower volume per farm, organic eggs are more expensive than eggs from hens fed conventional feed. The nutrient content of eggs is not affected by whether or not the ration is organic.
Beginning at the actual moment of hatching, all chicks designated for organic egg production must be and remain in compliance with the USDA-certified organic methods of production, including being fed certified organic feed until they are no longer used for the production of organic eggs. Eggs bearing this emblem must meet the standards of the agriculture department’s organic program.