Tyson selects panel to monitor animal welfare program

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A panel of 13 industry experts has been chosen to advise Tyson Foods with its initiative focusing on ensuring responsible care and overall well-being of farm animals.

The advisory panel, selected by Tyson Foods, is an independent group who will assist the company in determining research priorities and suggest ways to improve the FarmCheck audit program. Members of the panel include a cattle feedlot operator, recent FFA president, Temple Grandin and other animal science professors.

FarmCheck According to a release, each panel member is a leader in his or her field and was invited to join the panel because of their demonstrated interests across a broad range of issues related to raising farm animals responsibly. Their participation is not a public endorsement of the FarmCheck program, Tyson Foods or any specific animal well-being program.

FarmCheck was created in October 2012 as a response to growing consumer interest in animal handling practices. The company recently made the decision to extend its program to include a beef version of FarmCheck to audit beef operations along the supply chain. Priorities of the FarmCheck program include:

  • auditing the treatment of animals at livestock and poultry farms that supply the company
  • using research to identify potential new and better methods for animal care and handling
  • reaffirming Tyson's commitment to animal well-being issues with a dedicated senior management team

The 13 members of the advisory panel are listed below. Learn more about each panel member.

  • Ryan Best, 2011-2012 president, Future Farmers of America
  • Anne Burkholder, cattle feedlot owner
  • Ed Cooney, executive director of the Congressional Hunger Center
  • Gail Golab, Ph.D., DVM, director of American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Division
  • Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science, Colorado State University
  • Karl Guggenmos, dean of culinary education, Johnson & Wales University
  • Tim Loula, DVM, co-founder and co-owner of Swine Vet Center in St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Miyun Park, executive director, Global Animal Partnership 
  • Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, National Chicken Council
  • Richard Raymond, M.D., former U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Food Safety
  • Janeen Salak-Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor in Animal Sciences, University of Illinois
  • Janice Swanson, Ph.D., chair and professor, Animal Behavior and Welfare, Michigan State University
  • Bruce Webster, Ph.D., professor of poultry science, University of Georgia

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Montana  |  May, 17, 2013 at 02:15 PM

This ought to be interesting with so many of the advisors actually in the business of livestock production.

kansas  |  May, 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM

A typically ill-informed and tin-foil-hat comment. Who would you select to monitor hospitals?... acupuncturists and faith healers? NASA?... science fiction writers and astrologers? Your implication that those who actually work in and with commercial livestock production are part of a vast-livestock-producer-conspiracy demonstrates that you have no knowledge, experience or understanding, but a lot of ideological bias and bigotry.

Georgia  |  May, 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Right on "steve". We cannot tolerate knowledgeable experts monitoring these things. We must have rank amateurs, better still complete novices. Screwups, alarmists, poets and the mentally defective make the most excellent appraisers of modern agricultural technology. Heck, there's nothing to know about farming and food production because it should all be based on emotion. Just the finest, purest, deepest emotion of intrusive blathering made-up know it all malarkey. That's how things ought to be managed. Any fool knows that. Just look it up on the internet like "steve" does.


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