Since: Aug 10

United States

#1 Feb 26, 2011
Is there any truth to the story circulating around that Tysons Foods is building a processing plant in the Mt. Pleasant/ Pittsburg, Texas area in the near future?
truck driver

Monticello, AR

#2 Feb 27, 2011
I heard from a Tyson service tech that they will be expanding. Don't know if it is in the Mt. Pleasant/Pittsburg area. However, Tyson has begun to peel away growers from Pilgrim's Pride with higher pay per pound and fewer requirements for their houses. I talked with a grower that left Pilgrim's Pride for Tyson and his average pay went from 4.75 to 5.80, a substantial increase in pay. Poultry growers are lining up trying to switch to Tyson.

Since: Aug 10

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#3 Mar 7, 2011
The requirements that many integrators insist upon, for poultry houses, including Pilgrims Pride, primarily benefit the integrators, while serving up undo and unnecessary costs on the growers. Costs from initial investment, to excessive costs to maintain, to excessive costs to opperate. While these integrators spend much time effort and money selling these bloated designs to the farmers, the farmer will in most instances never recoupe his investment, and he/she will find themselves trapped in an enterprise that promises the moon, but delivers instead a money pit that is insatiable. It does not have to be that way, there are common sense alternatives that can be adopted by the integrators. It is no secret that the integrators do not ever want any farmer to be able to pay their farms off. A farmer who is indebted is easier to control, than a farmer who is not. The integrators of course deny this truth, but the cat is now out of the bag, and farmers are speaking out, exposing those in the industry for the evil deeds that they do.
If Tyson is indeed taking a more common sense approach to its farmers, then good on Tyson.
truck driver

Warren, AR

#4 Mar 8, 2011
Tyson does not require solid side walls in their upgrades.

Since: Aug 10

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#5 Mar 8, 2011
truck driver wrote:
Tyson does not require solid side walls in their upgrades.
It is good that Tyson does not require solid sidewalls, it is an undo hardship on the growers, and not worth the investment. The company may see some benefits, but the growers will loose big time.

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