Review of The Farmer’s Dog Fresh-Cooked Dog Food
The Farmer’s Dog fresh-cooked, small-batch dog food receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Farmer’s Dog product line includes 4 refrigerated formulas listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.Use the following links to check online prices. If you make a purchase through one of these links, we may earn a referral fee. This helps cover the cost of operation of our free blog. Thanks for your support.
|The Farmer’s Dog Pork Recipe||4||A|
|The Farmer’s Dog Beef Recipe||4.5||A|
|The Farmer’s Dog Turkey Recipe||5||A|
|The Farmer’s Dog Chicken Recipe||4.5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
The Farmer’s Dog Turkey Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
The Farmer's Dog Turkey Recipe
Refrigerated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, chickpeas, carrot, broccoli, parsnip, spinach, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, fish oil, vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, taurine, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||38%||19%||36%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||38%||30%|
The first ingredient in this recipe is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.
However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The third ingredient lists carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The fifth ingredient is parsnip, a root vegetable closely related to carrot and parsley. Parsnips are high in complex carbohydrates and rich in B vitamins, fiber and other essential nutrients.
The sixth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.
The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we find fish oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Based on its ingredients only, The Farmer’s Dog appears to be an above-average wet product.
However, ingredient content alone doesn’t provide an accurate picture of the product’s meat content. We also need to take a closer look at the label’s Guaranteed Analysis data.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.
Which suggests The Farmer’s Dog contains above-average protein, above-average fat, and below-average carbs when compared to a typical refrigerated recipe.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, this still looks like the profile of a refrigerated formula containing a generous amount of meat.
Our Rating of The Farmer’s Dog Food
The Dog Food Advisor finds The Farmer’s Dog to be an exceptional, grain-free fresh wet dog food. Each human-grade recipe uses a generous amount of fresh named meat as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has The Farmer’s Dog Food Brand Been Recalled?
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No recalls noted
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- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩
- Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference ↩
08/07/2021 Last Update