The people who work the land and care for our animals are important to us. Our quality proteins begin right here, in the United States, with the more than 11,000 independent livestock and poultry farmers we depend on every day.
John Tyson on Independent Farmers
John Tyson speaks to the importance of building and nurturing relationships with independent farmers.

Independent growers play a vital role in our success. We rely on more than 11,000 independent farmers to provide healthy chicken, cattle and hogs that have been treated properly and raised with modern, proven animal care practices.


More than 3,700 independent farmers raise chickens for us. We supply the birds, feed and technical advice, while the farmers care for the chickens by providing the farm, housing and labor.


We don't own or operate any feedlots, so we buy cattle from nearly 4,000 independent feeders and ranchers. They supply our beef plants in the Midwest, South and Pacific Northwest.


We buy pigs from up to 2,000 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.

Poultry Farmers

We’ve been working with independent poultry farmers since the 1940’s; it’s important to us to work with those who care about the animals entrusted to their care. Some have been raising chickens for us for three generations. For them, it's a labor of love.

Related Links

National Chicken Council

What it is, and why it's good for the chicken industry and you.

National Chicken Council

How U.S. Chicken is produced.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association

How the beef makes it from the pasture to your plate.

American Meat Institute

The Market Works.

The Real Tyson Foods Story

This is the real story of generations of real families working hard to produce quality food.

Poultry Farmers

About contract poultry farming.