Tyson to begin Farm Check program

RRN/ Ne. Cattlemens Melody Benjamin reports at Midyear meeting in Gothenburg on June 12, 2014.

RRN/ Melody Benjamin. Vice-President of Member Services for Nebraska Cattlemen.

GOTHENBURG, Neb. - The Nebraska Cattlemen's Mid Year Meeting in Gothenburg earlier this week saw some interesting developments coming out of the woodwork concerning Tyson Foods and a new program called "Farm Check". According to Melody Benjamin, the VP of Member Services for NE Cattlemen, Tyson sent out letters to feedlot operators over the last weekend giving details about the Farm Check program. Farm Check is Tyson's animal welfare program that is put in place to ensure that a variety of basic feedlot practices are being performed properly. Third party auditors will be available to perform audits on operations at random, to check if there are adequate water supplies in the pens, that the hospital pens are properly shaded and bedded and to check if cattle are being processed appropriately. Benjamin added that the purpose of the Farm Check is to make the process of working with packers easier for producers.

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