Grower Recognized by Tennessee Poultry Association
Oct 24th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

image002A Tyson Foods TEAM Member and grower family were recently recognized by the Tennessee Poultry Association (TPA) for their achievements.

Growers Bobby and Lori Berner received this year’s honor as the 2016 TPA Farm Family of the Year. Berner Farms was established in 1997 and started out with four broiler houses for our company in Obion County. The farm added two more houses in 2004.

The family has been proactive with their conservation practices at the farm by reducing the temperature variance in their houses that reduced their propane costs and carbon footprint.

“The Berner’s have been a part of our Tyson Foods Obion County Complex family since the beginning. They are a very agricultural-based family, who instill a great work ethic,” says Shane Joyner, live production manager at our Obion County Complex. “They are pillars of the poultry industry in our area and do a great job of being stewards of the environment.”

Shane was also recognized for his hard work and named the 2016 Workhorse of the Year by the TPA.

Shane joined the TPA Board last year as the secretary/treasurer and helped to bring in new sponsors, allied members and auction items for fundraisers.

Beyond organizing grower meetings and speakers, Shane has been active in agriculture outreach at universities. Shane helped promote poultry industry opportunities for students at the University of Tennessee at Martin and helped plan for the proposed broiler research house at Tennessee Tech University.

Winter is coming! Get ready NOW…
Aug 23rd, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

By Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell, Jeremiah Davis, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson, National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University

As the season starts to change and the cool fall air refreshes us after the long summer, poultry growers should take this time when the weather is typically cooperative to prepare for winter, when the weather can cause substantial problems. At this time of year, growers usually remember important maintenance steps such as tightening up your poultry house to prevent unwanted air leaks and checking brooders, primary minimum ventilation fans and vents for optimum operation. There are a number of newsletters to be found on these common wintertime readiness requirements at

Read more in this downloadable PDF.

Response to Virginia Farm Video
Aug 15th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

This past week we were made aware of a video produced by an animal and vegetarian advocacy group that shows improper treatment of birds by some of our employees on chicken breeder farms in Virginia.  We are disgusted by the actions of the individuals in the video.  We do not tolerate this type of activity, and all of the employees in the video have been fired.  It was an obvious decision given that the entire crew was trained in proper animal handling yet chose to ignore it and failed to alert management of the mistreatment. 

In addition to firing these individuals, we are taking the following actions: 

  • Over the next few days, we will be meeting with everyone in poultry operations who handles live birds to aggressively re-emphasize the importance of proper animal handling and the consequences of not complying with the company’s animal welfare policies.
  • We have already reached out to local authorities who will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against these individuals, and we will fully cooperate with their investigation.
  • The practice of beak modification shown in the video is a historical way the industry has used to keep males from eating food intended for females and we have been eliminating its use. It had been stopped at all but two chicken operations and now has been immediately discontinued at those two locations as well.

While we already have animal well-being audit and training programs, we believe we haven’t gone far enough and must do more to stop this inexcusable behavior. We’re evaluating additional steps we can take to make sure animal well-being procedures are being followed throughout our chicken operations. Once we complete our investigation into this matter, we intend to implement any measures necessary to protect the well-being of the birds being raised for our company. 

More information about our commitment to animal well-being can be found here:

Tyson Foods Sustainability Report
Jul 19th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

At Tyson Foods, our passion and our purpose is to make great food and make a difference. We recognize sustainability touches every aspect of our company and our operations. We strive to do what’s right for our communities, team members, consumers, customers, the planet, and our shareholders. Click here for more information and to read the complete Tyson Foods Sustainability Report.

Diesel Fuel Consumption Chart for Generators
Jan 28th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

Diesel Fuel Consumption for Generators

Avoiding Snow Disaster
Jan 28th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

By Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson
National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University

Since heavy snow is a seldom occurring event in the deep Southeast, the question of how to deal with or prepare for snow events is very seldom at the top of the list of questions we get from Southeast growers. However, when a snow of any magnitude does occur, as has happened this winter, the ques- tion becomes urgent. Many growers are now asking, “What should I do to alleviate snow loads on my chicken house and keep it from being damaged or even collapsing?” Read more in this downloadable PDF.

Will Your Standby Generator Stand Up?
Jan 28th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

By Jess Campbell, Dennis Brothers, Gene Simpson, and Jim Donald
National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University

Most growers are confident in their generator’s ability to run for 30 minutes to an hour without problems because they are typically cycled once a week. But what if they needed to run for a week or more? The tornado devastation that occurred in April of this year in Alabama caused power outages for a large number of poultry farms lasting from 2 to 10 days or more. For growers who had chickens, this meant running on generator power until utility power was restored. Many growers were able to keep their generators working flawlessly to maintain power throughout the outage; but others were not so fortunate. Read more in this downloadable PDF.

Tyson Foods Makes Progress with Responsible Antibiotic Reduction
Apr 24th, 2015 by Grow With Tyson

Reducing Antibiotic Use

  • Antibiotic resistant infections are a global health concern. We want to do our part to responsibly reduce the use of antibiotics on the farm so these medicines can continue working when they’re needed to treat illness.
  • We’re making progress in our chicken business, where we own the birds. We’ve reduced the use of human antibiotics on our U.S. broiler* chicken farms by more than 80% since 2011.
  • We stopped the use of all antibiotics in our U.S. broiler hatcheries last fall.
  • Only a very small percentage of our broiler chicken flocks are treated with human antibiotics today.
  • We only give our birds antibiotics when prescribed by a veterinarian.
  • Our chicken operations do not use antibiotics for growth promotion.
  • The antibiotics most commonly used for farm animals (e.g. ionophores) are not used in people in at all.
  • We’re committed to keeping our birds healthy. We will treat them if they’re sick, but we’re trying to reduce need for human antibiotics on our farms.

Committed to Food Safety

  • We’re confident our meat and poultry products are safe. When antibiotics are used in livestock and poultry, strict withdrawal periods must be followed before the animals are processed for food. In addition, the USDA regularly tests meat and poultry for antibiotic residues. 

Offering “No Antibiotics Ever” Products

  • We offer consumers the option of beef and chicken from animals that have been raised without antibiotics.
  • We don’t call it “antibiotic free.” The correct term for farm animals that have been raised with no antibiotics of any kind is “No Antibiotics Ever,” or “NAE.”
  • Tyson Foods produces “NAE” chicken under the NatureRaised Farms® brand, sold in retail outlets.
  • Tyson Fresh Meats produces “NAE” beef under the Open Prairie Natural Angus Beef® brand, sold in retail outlets.

*Broilers are chickens raised for meat

FREE trip to AgChat in Austin – August 21-22
Jul 9th, 2014 by Grow With Tyson

We are looking for growers to sponsor for the 2014 AgChat Cultivate & Connect Conference in Austin, Texas, August 21-22. Are you interested? If so, let us know!

AgChat Conference in Portland January 30-31
Dec 18th, 2013 by Grow With Tyson

The deadline is rapidly approaching for the AgChat Northwest Regional Conference  Jan. 30-31 in Portland, Oregon. Are you an active user on social media and interested in attending? Let us know!

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