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COVER STORY

ALWAYS
ADVANCING
Tyson farms for data to improve
broiler welfare on a commercial scale
BY B O B S I M S | b s i m s @ s o s l a n d.c o m

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decisions translate across the industry, so we're not taking
results from pen trials, but actually making these important
evaluations in a commercial setting."

THE LAYOUT
Four commercial broiler houses occupy the $1.2 million
80-acre farm. Based on current market weight, Tyson places
approximately 19,000 birds in each 42-by-500-foot house.
Four full-time Tyson employees take care of the farm,
including collecting data Christensen and the research team
need for the trials in progress.
"The farm is really a fantastic size for doing research
because it represents everything you would want in a

Photos: Tyson Foods Inc.

yson Foods reaffirmed a commitment to animal welfare
in its 2018 Sustainability Report, as it has for many years.
The significance of the 2018 report comes from the fact
that in October of 2019, it placed the first flock of chickens
on its new broiler research farm. The Tyson Broiler Welfare
Research Farm provides Tyson Foods, Karen Christensen,
senior director of animal welfare, and her team an on-farm
laboratory to study broiler chickens and ultimately find out
what the birds want and need to live their best lives.
"What's unique about the Tyson Broiler Welfare Research
Farm is that it's on a commercial scale, and we think
that's really important when we're making decisions about
welfare," Christensen said. "We want to make sure that those


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