Monthly Archives: September 2013

Keeping Humidity Down

Humidity can be a problem in our barns. Humidity can create wet bedding, or litter. Wet litter creates ammonia, which is bad for the birds’ eyes, and is also an optimum condition for parasites like coccidiosis, bacteria like E. coli, and virus’ such as reovirus. Flies and other insects are more attracted to wet litter […]

Employee Profile: Kristin Merriman

Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? Any pets? I’m single and have a rabbit and a cat. I grew up in a family of 5 kids and have an identical twin. Where are you from? I grew up in Wauwatosa a suburb of Milwaukee and went to college in […]

Seminar Blog

Every other year MacFarlane Pheasants hosts a 3-day seminar on Pheasant Managing where they invite speakers to come and share their knowledge with the attendees. It began as a one-time event in 1998 and has reoccurred every other year since. The ninth seminar event will be held in March of 2014 ( So what does […]

Composter Update

Now that we’ve had our new composter for nearly a year it would be good to give you an update on how it’s working. We switched from incinerator to composter for financial and productivity reasons and have been pleased with the results. The composter remained at a steady 140º throughout the fall weather, but once […]

Alarm System

The Farm Alarm Monitoring System is a wireless system with a master unit that gets hard wired into a phone line and several satellite units installed into our individual rooms or barns to monitor temperature, loss of water pressure, power loss, and lights. Communication between the units is conducted through radio waves that can transmit […]

Employee Profile: Brian Davis

Introducing, Brian Davis! Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? Any pets? I am married to Jess, she is a third grade teacher in Stoughton, WI where we currently live. We do not have any children, except our dog, “Kipling”, an English Cocker Spaniel. Where are you from? Williams Bay, […]