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10 Ways To Get the Most Out Of Brooder Barns

MacFarlane Pheasants has 9 barns on our Janesville, Wisconsin farm and 2 barns in Milton, Wisconsin. The barns range in size from roughly 4,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet. These barns are obviously an enormous asset and we have to be sure they are cared for accordingly. About 500,000 birds go through the barns each year! Here are 10 ways we work to get the most out of our barns on a daily basis: Read More »


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. 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 »


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 certificates, coordinating drivers, and scheduling flights for the eggs. Many people were involved in boxing the eggs and getting the eggs ready for shipping. Read More »


It’s Time to Order Your Day Old Chicks!

There are some fabulous deals on chicks during June at MacFarlane Pheasants. 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 »


Brad Minguey Contributes to MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

Brad Minguey has been a supervisor at MacFarlane Pheasants for about 4 years but his experience with pheasants began when he was 12 years old. He describes work on a pheasant farm succinctly. “It’s not easy work but when the season is over you feel like you have really accomplished something. Then you start all over again and try to do better than the year before.” Read More »