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Research Partnerships and Advancements

Partnering to Advance Research and Animal Well-Being Practices

Tyson Foods works with a wide range of professionals, academic institutions, and industry groups to advance animal agricultural research and best practices for animal welfare throughout the supply chain.

We partner with researchers on potential animal well-being improvements in animal mobility and lameness, antibiotics alternatives, and good production management. As part of this effort, we provided approximately $70,000 in funding in fiscal year 2017 for university, agricultural, or company-initiated research.

We work in cooperation with our supply chain, as well as customers, academics and audit firms, to provide the use of our facilities and expertise in animal welfare auditing. This allows individuals outside of Tyson Foods to gain professional animal auditor certification through the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO).

We provide learning opportunities at our facilities for university undergraduate and graduate students studying animal science. The use of our facilities provides them a place where they can evaluate welfare dynamics similar to those included in the North American Meat Institute recommended animal handling guidelines.

Our facilities also serve as locations for a variety of supply chain and customer educational events focused on animal welfare policies and practices, where Tyson Foods and our partners have the renowned Dr. Temple Grandin as a training partner.

Tyson Foods team members serve on industry committees and task force teams to further the advancement of animal welfare in production agriculture. We also provide educational briefings to industry affiliates and educational institutions in an effort to share the Tyson Foods animal well-being story.

Read more about recent research partnerships and projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Research University Partnerships and Donations

Poultry Lighting Project

The University of Arkansas will be looking into the issue of light intensity and length of light exposure for broiler production. We're providing funding for the project, and the data may help improve current practices and bird welfare.

Tylan and Roughage Experiment on Finishing Cattle

We're providing funding for a project to better understand the effects of removing tylosin, an antibiotic and bacteriostatic feed additive, from finishing cattle. This project will focus on the performance of roughage (fibrous indigestible material in vegetable foodstuffs that aids the passage of food and waste products through the gut) on cattle growth, carcass characteristics, and prevalence of liver abscesses.