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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Shareholder Meeting to Be Held on February 4, 2011.




Meeting Information



Meeting Type:           Annual



For holders as of:      December 8, 2010



Date: February 4, 2011      Time: 10:00 AM CST





SPRINGDALE, AR 72762-6999


Location:    Holiday Inn

 Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

 1500 South 48th St.

 Springdale, AR 72762





You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in Tyson Foods, Inc.


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.


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                         ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K


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Voting Items


The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR items 1 and 2:




Election of Directors






Don Tyson

  05)   Brad T. Sauer         



John Tyson

  06)   Robert Thurber         



Jim Kever

  07)   Barbara A. Tyson         



Kevin M. McNamara

  08)   Albert C. Zapanta         



To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for the fiscal year ending October 1, 2011.

  The Board of Directors recommends that you vote AGAINST item 3:      



To consider and act upon the shareholder proposal described in the attached Proxy Statement, if properly presented at the Annual Meeting.

  The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR item 4:      



To consider and approve an advisory resolution regarding the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.

  The Board of Directors recommends that you vote for a 3 year frequency:      



To consider and act upon an advisory vote on the frequency of holding an advisory vote on executive compensation.



The Board of Directors does not have a recommendation for voting on item 6:


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