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Meeting Information

Meeting Type: Annual

For holders as of: December 08, 2009

Date: February 05, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM CST Location: Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas Convention Center 1500 South 48th St.

Springdale, AR 72762

You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in the above named company. This is not a ballot. You cannot use this notice to vote these shares. This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. You may view the proxy materials online at or easily request a paper copy (see reverse side).We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting. See the reverse side of this notice to obtain proxy materials and voting instructions.


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Voting Items

The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR the following:

1.Election of Directors Nominees:

Don Tyson 02) John Tyson 03) Lloyd V. Hackley 04) Jim Kever 05) Kevin M. McNamara 06) Brad T. Sauer 07) Robert Thurber 08) Barbara A. Tyson 09) Albert C. Zapanta

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following proposal(s):

2.To reapprove the Annual Incentive Compensation Plan for Senior Executive Officers; and

3.To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountant for the fiscal year ending October 2, 2010.

The Board of Directors recommends you vote AGAINST the following proposal(s):

4.To consider and act upon shareholder proposal 1 regarding a report on the prevention of runoff and other forms of water pollution;

5.To consider and act upon shareholder proposal 2 regarding expansion of the Tyson Foods, Inc. sustainability report; and

6.To consider and act upon shareholder proposal 3 regarding use of antibiotics in animal feed.

The Board of Directors does not have a recommendation for voting on the following proposal:

7.To consider and act upon such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting of Shareholders or any adjournments or postponements thereof.