Family businesses are more than a business, they are a livelihood, and they educate the next generation of farmers. Our contracts with farmers are usually three to seven years or more. We provide poultry producers with written contracts detailing how payments are calculated. Poultry farmers are essentially paid for the way they care for chickens and for the weight they gain while on the farm. We use a performance incentive system that rewards poultry producers who effectively transform the food we offer into weight gain in the birds that raise them. The payment formula includes factors such as the number of birds, the amount of feed used, the performance of their herd relative to those perceived by other contract farmers, and the weight of the birds delivered to the processing plant. Peasant Jacque and her husband grew up in agriculture. They know the value of hard work and wanted to pass it on to their children. It relies heavily on animal welfare. She knows when she goes to the store and she sees the red Tyson label that the other farmers have worked as hard as her family. She wants to make sure she supports Tyson Foods as Tyson Foods has supported her. She says the name Tyson is synonymous with quality, it represents hard work, it represents the welfare of animals and all those who unite for a healthy and happy animal.
The practice of raising chickens under a contract for poultry processors has been in place since the 1930s and is the industry standard. Tyson Foods has been working with poultry farmers since the late 1940s, and it is a relationship that we believe is effective for the farmer and for the company. We provide birds and food, and provide technical advice while the poultry farmer provides work, accommodation and services. This collaboration between Tyson Foods and family businesses improves efficiency and quality, while maintaining affordable prices for consumers. I was recently fortunate enough to be appointed to lead the poultry industry for Tyson Foods. Learning how to trade chickens is humiliating and exciting because my background is at Fresh Meats, which also includes pork and beef. We work closely with our farmers, including regular visits from our service technicians and animal welfare specialists, to provide technical advice, answer questions and ensure best animal management practices. If a farmer`s job is not working well, we have a program in place to help them get back on track. To learn more about how the families we work with work, we met with the Butlers and The Geurins, two families who have owned and operated their own family farm in northwestern Arkansas for generations.
Farmer Grant is eager to pass on his farm to his son. Poultry farming has made its diversified operation diversified sufficiently financially stable to do so. He thinks that we can get out of what we put with poultry farming. He takes good care of his chickens and sees the results when he sells them. He`s proud to feed the world. He knows that chicken comes not only from grocery stores, but also from farms. Apart from improvements, maintenance or repairs to solve animal welfare issues, we do not need upgrades for equipment or case specifications in the middle of contracts. In recent years, chicken modernization technology has become increasingly widespread in the sector and the benefits are more well known, which is why we require farmers to meet a number of housing specifications outlined in the treaties.
Among the advantages of more modern housing, there is a more comfortable environment for birds, with better ventilation and more regular temperatures across the barn.