Over 100 area residents attend a public meeting to discuss some of the aspects of the poultry growing industry. The meeting was held in the Spencer/Rounds Theater on the Coffeyville Community College campus Thursday afternoon. Coffeyville and Montgomery County are trying to recruit a Tyson processing plant to the area. Most of the speakers are involved in the business in Arkansas and Missouri. Indications are Tyson would need 20 houses of breeders, 40 houses of pullets, and 330 houses producing broilers. A typical house is 54 feet wide by 600 feet long. Potential producers were told the average start-up costs for eight houses would be roughly $3.5-million.
Prospective growers were told there is a 10 step process to become a producer. That includes, among other things, selecting an operation, blueprints, financing, construction and a letter of intent with Tyson. Typical contracts run 10-15 years. Once up and running, the current producers say one person can handle four barns without hiring additional employees. Tyson will want the farms within 30-75 miles. The plant would process 1.2 million birds per week.
One concern raised by some attending was the need for a 20 gallons of water per minute rating. Some question if the county's rural water districts can keep up with that demand.
The next poultry grower meeting is set for January 9th at Memorial Hall in Independence.