The tornados that ripped through Mississippi this week destroyed dozens of chicken houses, killing tens of thousands of birds. Fox News reports on the damage done in Noxapater, where the Wilkes farm, a contract grower with Tyson, lost eight poultry houses, each of which held 28,500 broilers. The family survived the tornado.
Tyson representatives were helping to clean up the damage and will euthanize the surviving birds. Ray Ables, a production manager for Tyson, said he has never seen a farm as large as the Wilkes' suffer so much damage. He said Tyson, which has about 1,500 chicken houses in Mississippi, will help with the cleanup and hopes to work with the Wilkes when they rebuild.