Monthly Archives: December 2014

Speaking Pheasants Across A Farm

When a farm gets as big as MacFarlane Pheasants, communication can’t be ignored. That’s why we use several ways to keep in contact with each other. Between email, phones, and radios, our departments are able to keep in contact with me and each other so that we’re running as efficiently as possible. Email is key […]

The Holidays at MacFarlane Pheasants

Now that we’ve posted a picture of our Christmas Tree, we never posted the tree skirt one of our staff from the office had made for the tree! Made completely with pheasant feathers, it definitely puts a new spin on decorating for the holidays at MacFarlane Pheasants. Happy Holidays to everyone from all of us […]

What you need to know about Avian Influenza

I attended the annual National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) conference this past June in Charlotte, NC as a Wisconsin delegate.  I learned more about Avian Influenza than I’d wanted to know.  At that Charlotte meeting, Dr. Dale Lauer from Minnesota asked me to speak about our Gamebird Industry at a breakout session at the USAHA […]

How Much Do Pheasants Cost?

It seems like a simple question, but the answer is that at MacFarlane Pheasants, there isn’t a fixed price for adult pheasants. There are a few factors that go into calculating how much a bird will cost. Your location’s distance from our farm, the number of birds you order, and if we can find another […]

Town Hall Meetings

I can honestly say one of the biggest reasons we have grown to what we are now is because of our staff. Pheasant life is not for everyone. It can require odd hours and working in extreme temperatures. During busy times, we all must be very meticulous and yet efficient at the same time. On […]

The USDA Is Inspecting Our Pheasants

For the last two months, MacFarlane Pheasants has been moving through the USDA certification process. To this point our meat processing plant has been state inspected, and every year it undergoes a third-party audit. USDA certification will allow us to sell our pheasant meat across the world, and it will open up certain clients that […]

Pheasants On Credit

Keeping track of how MacFarlane Pheasants spends its funds is something I take seriously. That’s why we’ve developed good habits when it comes to dealing with our monthly credit card statement. Without a designated purchaser for the farm, each department purchases its own supplies with the company card, and all of our drivers also have […]

The Weather’s Impact on Our Farm

Rain today, snow tomorrow. Such is life in the Midwest for you. This week the forecast has it all, and we are busy getting the farm ready for the season change. The temperatures are quickly dropping to the low 30s, upper 20s. These temperatures, in combination with the rain, could spell disaster for our young […]

Feed prices and their effect on Gamebirds prices

Nothing is sure but death and taxes . . . and that costs continue to go up when raising Gamebirds. Although I use pheasants as the focus of this article, the points made are just as true for partridges and quail. It takes about 18 lbs. of feed to raise a May hatched pheasant to […]

Raising Pheasants Without Peepers

A select group of our customers want pheasants that have been raised without peepers. The birds are flightier, and western U.S. hunters love how wild they act. There are some difficulties in raising these pheasants, and it makes the birds more expensive, but it’s doable. Here’s how we raise 20,000 non-peepered pheasants each year. The […]