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Tyson seeks partnerships with local farmers

Tyson seeks partnerships with local farmers

By Logan Watson

When Tyson Foods announced last month that it would be bringing a new plant to the Gibson County Industrial Park, county and city leaders rejoiced at the prospect of 1,500 new jobs being created. However, the company’s investment in Gibson County does not stop at the creation of a new facility.
After all, those chickens have to come from somewhere.
Representatives from Tyson Foods met with dozens of local farmers last week to discuss the potential of creating partnerships for poultry producers. Roughly 300 people attended a series of informational meetings at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum recently, outlining Tyson’s production process and providing specifications to landowners that were interested in working with the company.
Tyson Foods is currently seeking farming locations for pullets, breeder hens and broilers within a 50 mile radius of the future facility in Humboldt, and will handle all major aspects of the management process themselves. Feed, vaccinations, transportation and management programs for all poultry types will be provided by Tyson. Tyson will also hire consultants to help producers with the permit process through the Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Pay scales vary based on the types of birds that each grower will farm. Pullet farmers are paid by the square foot. Each pullet farm will contain roughly 41,000 pullets and 6,150 roosters. Two 60 x 600 foot houses would yield 72,000 square feet, and pullet farms will generate 2.2 flocks per year on average.
After 21 weeks, pullets would arrive at breeder hen farms. Each farm would contain approximately 39,600 hens and 3,960 roosters in three 42 x 600 foot houses. Egg production begins around 24 weeks, and growers would be paid by the dozen, with hatch bonuses and pullet pay. Normally one flock is placed per year, with four weeks of pre-production, 36-40 weeks of production and 8 weeks of downtime between flocks. Eggs will be collected by the grower.
Producers that choose to build broiler farms will have six houses, with a total square footage of 194,400 feet. Growers will receive 228,600 chicks per farm from the hatchery, and will be paid by the square foot with incentive pay per pound based upon the “relative ranking of standard cost”. Broiler chicks will be reared for approximately 50 days with a minimum of two weeks of downtime, producing 5.5 flocks per year.
One of the chief concerns about the grower farms is the impact each location will have on the surrounding area. Each barn will require seven acres of land, and must be situated at least 500 feet from public wells and residences other than that of the grower. Growers are encouraged to plant buffers such as evergreens or Miscanthus grass if their neighbors are between 500-1,000 feet away. Farms must also be located no less than 1,500 feet from schools, churches and other public areas, as well as incorporated city limits. Further restrictions also require that farms be 100 feet from property lines, streams, wetlands, and flood plains, and 150 feet from public roadways.
Tyson representatives also noted that farms must be accessible day and night via all-weather roadways.
Tyson Foods is offering 15-year contracts for farmers capable of sustaining their chosen operations. Producers will be required to furnish the labor, materials and utilities needed to house and produce the poultry. Tyson will retain ownership of all livestock, and producers are prohibited from owning or producing other chickens.
The estimated average net income for pullet farms is just over $75,000 per year. Net income for breeder hen farms is more than $114,000, and broiler farms could produce between $90,000 and $180,000 per year based on the number of houses per farm. Representatives stated, however, that these dollar amounts were not guaranteed and that individual farms would have a number of variables that would change the average yearly income.


  1. Brandicus Pruitt on April 8, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I’m interested in coming to your meeting for the chicken farm. I heard the news from a friend of mine. I have 70 acres of land in Denmark TN

  2. Nancy J White on May 30, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Interested in some info about houses in Missouri.

  3. Raymond C. Kimsey Sr. on August 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

    I have 4 pullet house that were cut off by Koch’s due to new pullet houses being built. My house (1 built late 80’s 2 built in 199/2000 and one built in 2008. I am interested in either breeder houses or pullets. Willing to up grade as needed or tear down and build new houses.

    I live in Cleveland, TN. If interested you may contact me at 423-584-3301

  4. Gregory Collins on February 11, 2020 at 9:25 am

    If i want to bye poultry finished product for my store can I get a discount if I buy meat that a bad grower finished last in performance is cheaper

  5. Mike Downer on February 12, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I have 7 pullett hiuses in excellent shape and wanting to grow pulletts i was wanting to griw layers and koch said houses couldnt be converted due to heighth they are so nice i hate to tear all of them down cause they dont need pulletts (koch foiods)i have letter of intent for layer houses but im having second thoughts id like to use what i got! Thank you mike downer

  6. Mark Turner on May 15, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    I have 40 acres in Mississippi and I am interested in building chicken houses to work. Would love to hear from a rep about some information. You can email me at or call 2514225144. Thank you

  7. Tar mal htoo on November 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I am interested about the chicken farm business.can I get more information about it?

  8. Tauqeer on December 20, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    I am interested in pullets farming in New York.

    • Bobby Terry on February 2, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      I have 4.8 acres in bostic nc was wanting to raise chickens or whatever else to bring an income from my land

  9. John Leilua on January 11, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    I live in Springville utah and very interested farming Chicken for Tyson.

  10. Jeff Riddle on January 20, 2021 at 7:23 am

    I am interested in raising chickens in contract grower business with Tyson

  11. Jesse middleton on February 20, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Interested in raising chickens in Arkansas

  12. Lloyd Mars on February 26, 2021 at 2:46 am

    I’m interested in doing some chicken farming cause the small time farmers have been gone for awhile now I’m in Iuka Mississippi Tishomingo County we need the jobs bad and my land needs the activity I own 42 acres of land not counting my home place across the road thank you for your time .

  13. I am intrested I have already started farming broiler at the backyard on July 20, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I saw the advert on the net I always have the passion of farming .

  14. I am intrested I have already started farming broiler at the backyard on July 20, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    I saw the advert on the net I always have the passion of farming .

  15. Derrick Logue on August 15, 2021 at 5:27 am

    I’m interested in contracting with Tyson!

  16. Emilio Castillo on October 17, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    I’d like more information on a partnership. I live in Newburg Alabama

  17. Praveen on January 23, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    How does Tyson pay, is it based chicken weight? What is avg price they paying to farmer.

  18. Martin Saindonel on June 17, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    I am interested.

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