Working together to work smarter
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.