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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 »


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 bird population. Here’s what’s going on in spring 2016: Read More »


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 breeder males.  When we find great traits we want those traits to be repeated for many years. It is such an interesting process to study pheasants and find those with the best qualities of a pedigree. Read More »


What is the Big Deal About Maintenance?

We have lots of equipment at MacFarlane Pheasants and we spend a great deal of time making sure that every piece of equipment is kept in great shape. It is important for us to protect our investments, from feed and water systems to delivery trucks. If we don’t maintain our equipment, we waste our resources and we just can’t let that happen, if we want to keep our business profitable! Read More »


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. Read More »


How to Protect Pheasants From Wild Birds and Ground-Dwelling

The protection of our pheasants and the other game birds we raise is a high priority at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. Wild birds are a hazard we can’t afford to ignore! Birds of prey, such as red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, and even bald eagles, prey on our pheasants.  Starlings populations are a huge nuisance and there are lots of them! We take precautions each year to control starling populations on the farm. Read More »


2016 Bi-Annual International Pheasant Management Seminar is a Hit!

March 6-9, 2016 was spent hosting guests from all over the United States. Several attendees came from the UK, Canada, and even a few folks from France came to learn and network about the pheasant industry! Read More »