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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Shareholder’s Meeting to Be Held on February 3, 2012







SPRINGDALE, AR 72762-6999

    Meeting Information      


Meeting Type: Annual

    For holders as of: December 5, 2011      
    Date: February 3, 2012            Time: 10:00 AM CT      
    Location: Holiday Inn      

 Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

 1500 South 48th St.

 Springdale, AR 72762

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  Voting items            


   The Board of Directors recommends that you vote FOR items 1, 2 and 3:
   1.    Election of Directors
      01)    John Tyson   06)    Brad T. Sauer
      02)    Kathleen M. Bader   07)    Robert Thurber
      03)    Gaurdie E. Banister Jr.   08)    Barbara A. Tyson
      04)    Jim Kever   09)    Albert C. Zapanta
      05)    Kevin M. McNamara     
   2.    To reapprove the performance goals set forth in the Tyson Foods, Inc. 2000 Stock Incentive Plan.
   3.    To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the

Company for the fiscal year ending September 29, 2012.

   The Board of Directors does not have a recommendation for voting on item 4:
   4.    To consider and act upon such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting of Shareholders or any adjournments or postponements thereof.