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.

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!

Tyson Foods Announces New Audit Program to Help Ensure Responsible On Farm Treatment of Animals
Oct 12th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson

If you have not already, you should be receiving a letter about this new program:

October 12, 2012 – Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE: TSN) the nation’s leading producer of meat and poultry, today announced it is launching a program to personally audit the treatment of animals at the livestock and poultry farms that supply the company. The effort is in line with the company’s core value to serve as a steward of the animals entrusted to it.

via Tyson: Tyson Foods Announces New Audit Program to Help Ensure Responsible On Farm Treatment of Animals.

A message from Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith regarding the sale of our Harrisonburg, Virginia, complex
Mar 22nd, 2011 by admin

Tyson Foods has signed a letter of intent to sell the assets in our Harrisonburg, Virginia, complex to George’s, Inc.  It’s important that we communicate to you, our contract growers, about the reasoning behind the transaction.

Let me emphasize that we’re not in the midst of an active campaign to divest or close facilities. This was simply a situation when the timing made this the right decision for both George’s and Tyson Foods. And it’s a decision that leaves our people, our growers, and the people in the Harrisonburg community with good company, facing a positive future.

Quite simply, this came about at a time when George’s was open to acquiring new assets, and the Harrisonburg facilities gave them economies of scale that made sense. Given the challenging business environment faced by the poultry industry, we believe this is the best decision for everyone, since it offers a good future outlook for our Team Members and growers.

While it’s always a difficult decision when it involves Team Members, growers, and communities, we are encouraged by the fact that we’re very familiar with the George family and their company. It’s a well-managed company that grew up alongside Tyson Foods in Northwest Arkansas. They share our values and business focus.

Donnie Smith
Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods

Do you KNOW Hunger?
Mar 10th, 2011 by admin

At Tyson Foods, we’ve been involved in hunger relief for a decade now. It’s been an ongoing effort, and we’ve never really done a major “campaign.”

That chages today, when we announce the launch of our KNOW Hunger campaign, focused on creating awareness for the issue.

via Do you KNOW Hunger? | Tyson Hunger Relief.

Tyson Foods’ Position on Proposed GIPSA Rule
Sep 23rd, 2010 by admin

We have significant concerns about the rule and its impact, not only on our business, but also on livestock and poultry producers, as well as consumers. We believe the government is trying to make changes that will take money out of the pockets of progressive producers and redistribute it to the less competitive, less efficient producers. The rule will also add costs, increase the price of meat products and hurt the U.S. meat industry’s ability to compete in the world marketplace.

As you may have heard, three separate studies commissioned by various trade groups have found the additional costs of the proposed rule would be substantial and would affect every segment of the meat and poultry industry, and ultimately the consumer. According to the studies, the proposed rule would likely reduce production efficiencies and product quality and increase the cost of buying and selling livestock. The rule would also increase companies’ exposure to litigation.

We rely on thousands of independent cattle, hog and poultry producers and our relationship with them is already extensively regulated. This rule is unnecessary and potentially harmful.

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