Category Archives: General Farm Topics

Intern Keagan Strange Carries on the Internship Tradition Between MacFarlane Pheasants and Kansas State University

Keagan Strange learned about the internship program between Kansas State University and MacFarlane Pheasants three years ago. Bill MacFarlane came to the University and spoke to students about the gamebird business and the internship program that Bill and others had founded 8 years ago. Keagan said, “It was my first year at KSU and I […]

When Can We Stop Worrying About Biosecurity?

Biosecurity-the methods and protocols established to keep animals safe from contagious diseases, parasites, and pests are continuously evaluated. When there was an outbreak of HPAI in the Midwest in the spring of 2015, we increased our biosecurity standards beyond the strict protocols we already had in place. HPAI is Avian Influenza, informally called bird flu. […]

Awesome Intern Program at MacFarlane Pheasants

The intern program at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. has been in operation for many years. Interns come from near and far to learn about the pheasant business. Our office interns are from various colleges throughout Wisconsin. Other interns work directly with the birds and come from the Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence (COE) and Kansas […]

135,000 Pheasant Eggs Left for Europe on May 17, 2016

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. has burned the midnight oil to prepare for a shipment of 135,000 pheasant eggs that left for Europe from Chicago O’Hare Airport on May 17, 2016. It takes a lot of people-power to put together a shipment of this size, and communication is the key. The office was busy getting numbers, health […]

Sharing Our Daily Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection

Every day is an adventure in the Maintenance Department at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. We take care of 4 Kenworth trucks, 3 Freightliner trucks, 2 Mercedes Sprinter vans, a Ford F 550 truck, and a Ford F 450 truck.  We make a lot of deliveries from our farm and it is just part of reality that vehicles […]

6 Feed and Water Procedures to Keep MacFarlane Pheasants Healthy

Feed and water are the life source for our game birds. Our system for making sure our     pheasants and other game birds stay healthy, by receiving proper hydration and nutrition, has 6 main procedures: We check feed and water systems daily, and each time we enter a room or pen where our birds our housed. […]

Smart Investments On Our Pheasant Farm That Pay Off in the Long Run

              We are making some big investments in our pheasant farm this spring. After completing our regular review of needs this year, we decided on some important work that must be done and some equipment needs that will improve our ability to effectively and efficiently accomplish caring for our […]

Breeding Pheasants with Beautiful Tails

Ringneck Pedigree Pheasants are a unique population of birds we raise at MacFarlane Pheasants. They have the best combination of all pheasant traits. Their lineage is tracked and recorded as we continue to develop the best birds. Breeding pheasants that are hardy and healthy with long, beautiful tails is rewarding. Pedigree birds are used to reproduce […]

Secret to a Successful Business Plan

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. didn’t get to be so successful without a plan. We began by developing core values, followed by a mission for our business and careful communication with every employee on the farm. We believe our plan can effectively help any business owner get on the right track toward running a pheasant business. One […]

The Journey from Chick to Mature Pheasant-We can help!

Are you interested in raising pheasant chicks to maturity on your own farm? You won’t want to miss our excellent resource, The Insider’s Guide to Pheasant Rearing, where you’ll find tips and tricks to help you start preparing for an exciting pheasant raising adventure. Here are some of the questions you’ll find answers to in […]