Monthly Archives: August 2010

Efficiency

Brad Lillie (our in house financial guy) and I have been crunching the numbers for the last two calendar years and though we have made progress financially (after the disastrous 2008 season, we made a reasonable profit in 2009) changes must be made for us to maintain a competitive edge.  Other than bidding out and […]

Birds are Finally Leaving the Farm

This truck and trailer left at noon today – bound for Colorado.  We started 237,000 pheasant chicks, recycled 25,000+ pheasant breeders and started 45,000 partridges – whew!!!  It was time for a few of them to leave.  Chick revenue dries up in August – yet our feed and labor bills are at their yearly high […]

Kansas Sport Hunting Association Convention in Salina, KS

 This past week, Dori, Micah and I traveled to Kansas.  I spoke  on Friday 8/13 about managing a gamebird farm to the attendee’s at the Kansas Sport Hunting Association annual convention. Dr. Tom Warner also spoke at the convention.  Dr. Warner oversees the new Hunting Preserve Management degree program at Kansas State University in Manhattan, […]

Getting Ready for Shipping Adult Pheasants

  Last year we were already actively delivering adult pheasants by today’s date.  This year, with the temperatures near 90 degrees, our early season customers are holding off taking their first delivery for a week or two.  Once we get started next week or the week after that, we will be sending at least 3 […]

End of Hatching Season Decisions

We have three more hatches (8/4,8/11 and 8/18)and our regular pheasant and partridge hatching season will be over.  I’m trying to decide if we should keep one more “A” room of pheasant chicks (about 6500 chicks) than what we had scheduled.  We have the room in the barns- the decision hinges upon whether we will have […]