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Tyson Foods Accepts Invitation to Expand Chicken Production in Tennessee
Nov 20th, 2017 by Grow With Tyson

Humboldt Tennessee Complex

Tyson Foods, Inc. has accepted the invitation of city, county and state leaders to build a new chicken production complex in the City of Humboldt, which is part of Gibson County in western Tennessee. The announcement was made this morning at a news conference hosted by Tennessee, Humboldt and Gibson County officials.

Read more in the Tyson Foods’ press release and the Gibson County News.

Video: Family Farmers Making a Difference
Sep 5th, 2013 by Grow With Tyson

Family farmers who raise chickens for Tyson Foods discuss their values, their passion and the role agriculture plays in providing food for a growing world population. Learn more at http://FarmCheck.com.


YouTube Link to - Family Farmers Making a Difference

Poll: ‘How is the ethanol subsidy affecting your business?’
Jul 18th, 2011 by Grow With Tyson

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Tornado Assistance for North Alabama
Apr 28th, 2011 by Grow With Tyson

Some of you have asked what our company is doing to help those affected by yesterday’s tornado in North Alabama. Here is our latest update:

We’re coordinating plans for food and water distribution beginning Friday to our North Alabama Team Members and contract poultry growers who have been affected by the storm. In addition, we’re working to make sure the contract farms have the necessary supplies to care for our chickens. Our efforts are being coordinated by a team of Tyson TEAM members from North Alabama, other Tyson plant locations in the region, and the company’s Arkansas headquarters.

Our Blountsville and Albertville, Alabama, chicken processing plants were not damaged by the storm but were idled Wednesday when they lost power. The power is back on at Blountsville. However, it has not been restored at Albertville.

We’re still assessing the damage to contract chicken farms, but can confirm that some chicken houses in the area were destroyed and others experienced various levels of damage. Our plan is to assist our growers as much as possible with cleanup efforts and ensure the affected birds are properly handled in conjunction with state veterinary authorities.

Donnie Smith
Chief Executive Officer, Tyson Foods

Overview of Contract Poultry Farming
Dec 10th, 2010 by admin

Tyson has been working with poultry growers on a contractual basis since the late 1940s and it has been a relationship that has worked effectively for both the grower and the company.  There are currently about 6,000 contract growers who raise chickens for our company.

Tyson supplies the birds, feed and technical advice, while the poultry producer provides the labor, housing and utilities.  This means the grower is insulated from the risk of changing market prices for chicken and feed ingredients such as corn and soybean meal, which represent about half of the cost of growing a chicken.  In other words, growers are ensured of a consistent price for their efforts, no matter what the feed or grocery markets are doing.

The birds are raised in large houses that are designed to keep the birds as comfortable as possible.  In the winter, thermostatically-controlled heaters keep the birds warm.  In the summer, automatic fans and motor-driven curtains keep the air moving.  Also, water misters overhead help keep the birds cool by using evaporation.

Automation also helps feed and water the chickens. Birds can drink from nipple drinkers that dispense water with a push of a button. Automatic feeders keep the specially-formulated feed coming when the birds begin to eat.

Four to nine weeks after arriving on the farm, the chickens have reached processing weight and are ready to head to a Tyson processing facility, where the standards of quality continue.

The company provides farmers with state-of-the-art veterinary support, scientifically formulated feed, and technical assistance, with Tyson Foods’ technical advisors typically visiting farms on a weekly basis. Tyson also provides producers with information on sound environmental practices, optimal lighting and ventilation for chicken, and disease control.

Grower pay is outlined in the contracts between the grower and the company.  In general, the amount producers are paid is based on the feed conversion efficiency of the birds they raise.  The payment formula includes such factors as the number of birds, the amount of feed used, the performance of their flock compared to those raised by other contract growers and the weight of the birds delivered to the processing plant.

Tyson strives to support contract poultry farmers in their efforts to run their businesses wisely and to operate independent and sustainable enterprises.


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