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Lets Talk About Ground Cover on the Milton Farm

Brian Klein oversees the Milton Farm for MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I recently asked him how ground cover did this year. He gave me some detailed information about how he plans ground cover to best benefit the pheasants kept in Milton. The crew decides which of the 6 covered pens on the Milton farm get planted and which ones grow naturally, each year. The decisions are based on when birds will go into the pens. Pens that receive birds before June 1st almost always go into pens that grow naturally. We would have to plant by April 15th to have a pen ready by June 1st. That is impossible in Wisconsin because it is just too cold at that time of year. Yet weeds like lamb’s quarter or ragweed germinate at the time and provide great early season cover. Read More »


Town Hall Meetings Help to Keep Us Centered!

About a year and half ago we started having Town Hall Meetings, every six months, with each crew on the farm. Managers are not present at these meetings. Our owner, Bill MacFarlane, coordinates the discussions. This is an opportunity for employees to share concerns and ideas with Bill. Read More »


Why Are Workrooms a Safety Precaution?

Workrooms are the rooms we enter before the bird rooms. Each crew member has dedicated coveralls and dedicated footwear for each bird room they enter. A water bath outside the room is used to clean mud from shoes and there is a soap mat inside to disinfect footwear before you enter the workroom. A bench is located outside the bird room to separate it from incoming traffic. Read More »


Information Technology at MacFarlane Pheasants

One of the major goals of technology is to make sending and receiving information easy and efficient. We often forget there is someone behind the scenes who makes sure the internet stays running, backs up and reboots the system, keeps everything running smoothly and is the main contact to the IT company we use. Read More »


How Do We Communicate Efficiently?

Communication on the different MacFarlane Pheasant farms is a high priority. Two-way radios are a form of communication we have used for at least 25 years. We added a repeater about 15 years ago. Read More »


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. It is a highly contagious disease among birds and if it spreads throughout a farm, it can be quite deadly. So, sure we worry, but mostly we take action, by following our regularly updated biosecurity plans. Read More »


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 State University. Read More »


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 have issues.  We take our responsibility seriously in the maintenance department. That is why we have a Daily Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist for our vehicles that is signed and dated. It includes the action taken if any problems are identified by our 3 person crew. Vehicles don’t leave our lot without being in tip-top shape. The checklist covers the following items: Read More »


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: Read More »


Game Birds Bring People Together

Bill MacFarlane, the owner of MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc., is a proud member of the North American Game Bird Association (NAGA). The association is important to the many hundreds of game bird producers and hunting preserve operators in North America.  Bill, like his father and uncle before him, values the opportunity to work together with other game bird producers and hunting preserve operators to preserve the long tradition of responsible use of the environment. Read More »