January 07, 2014

More than 4,000 farmers raise chickens for Tyson Foods. We supply the birds, feed and technical advice, while the farmers care for the chickens by providing the farm, housing and labor. The average farmer has been raising chickens for us for 15 years.

Our company does not own or operate any feedlots, so we buy cattle from 4,000 independent feeders and ranchers. They supply our beef plants in the Midwest, South and Pacific Northwest.

We buy pigs from almost 3,000 independent farmers to supply our pork plants in the Corn Belt. The farmers are expected to raise hogs that meet our standards for high quality pork.