A new quality management system for cattle feeding operations is setting a standard of excellence for Tyson and the entire industry.
A Better Way To Raise Cattle
Partnering with Tyler Weborg
“My family’s relationship with Tyson goes back a long way,” says cattle farmer Tyler Weborg of Pender, Nebraska. “We’ve got a lot of friends and close business partnerships with people there. That means a lot to us.”
Those relationships have helped Weborg and his family stay on the leading edge of safe handling standards, training workers who are loading cattle on how to keep animals calm and free of stress and injury. Tyson has also educated farmers, including Weborg, about Progressive Beef, a new set of guidelines for cattle care, food safety and sustainability. “We became one of the first yards to use mobile devices to log cleaning of tanks and pens. It’s a nice thing for customers to be able to see.” Progressive Beef will help raise the bar across the industry in ensuring beef are well cared for, with verification by USDA-approved auditors.
Adopting these practices is more about transparency and documentation than entirely new ways of working. “We wouldn’t be in this business if we didn’t love and care for these animals,” Weborg says. “That’s nothing new. With programs like Beef Quality Assurance and Progressive Beef, we now have a way to verify that we’re doing things right and that we're giving customers a product they can be proud to sell.”