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COVER STORY

When birds from the
research farm hit their
designated market weights,
they become part of Tyson's
regular protein supply.

natural and standard lighting depending on the
trials they're working on, and the first trials
concern lighting.

THE RESEARCH
Through a grant provided by the US Poultry
& Egg Association, in conjunction with the
University of Arkansas, Tyson's Broiler Welfare
Research Farm experiments with lighting and
listens to the birds to discern what they prefer
and what they don't prefer. The research farm
currently works with enrichments as well,
listening to what the birds tell them about the
types of enrichments they favor.
"What's really unique about the way we're
doing the research is we want the birds to have
a voice in the project," Christensen said. "So,
we're letting them tell us what kinds of things
are important for them. Rather than just giving
them something and saying, 'there you go,'
we're really trying to get them to tell us what's
important to them, what they'll react with,
and make that environment more meaningful
for them."
As time goes on, the research farm will
delve into other trials. Christensen mentioned
"asking the birds" about density and other
welfare issues. But the research farm is
a long-game proposition. The trials and
subsequent data need the time necessary to
ensure reliability.
"It takes several iterations of each one of
these projects in order to get the confidence

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that the answers we get are repeatable,"
Christensen said. "So, the projects we're
working on, we will be working on them for
extended periods of time. The lighting and
enrichment project we're on right now with the
US Poultry & Egg grant is a two-year project.
After that, we have some other things in mind.
Looking again at continuing with enrichments,
and then possibly density."

THE SCOPE
Aside from the research trials and data
collection, birds on the broiler research farm
live, progress and serve the same ultimate
purpose that birds on any other production
facility do. The birds come from one of Tyson's
hatcheries and go to the research farm instead
of a commercial grower's farm.
"They're on the placement list just like
any of those going to our family farmers,"
Christensen said. "We're scheduled to receive
those same chicks that would potentially go to
any of our growers."
Once birds on the research farm reach
their target weights, they become part of
Tyson's normal protein supply. Because the
birds become part of that general supply, the
research farm doesn't do anything that might
jeopardize their placement there.
"The ability for them to go to the plant
gives us the opportunity to follow those birds
through the whole process," Christensen said.
"So, if we are doing something where we're


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