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Full Moon Pics

On May 18, 2011 in Employees by spope

Our days start really early here. It’s not unusual for our brooder manager, Troy Cisewski to start work at 2 am. Read More »


Biosecurity Upgrades

On May 13, 2011 in General by spope

A few years ago during the “avian influenza” scare, biosecurity was a big topic. Two years ago Ben Lawton, our hatchery manager put together a biosecurity manifesto of sorts that addressed all sorts of areas on our farm where we could make improvements in our biosecurity. Read More »


Feed Vacuum Machine

On May 5, 2011 in General by spope

Every year our pen crew tries their best to time the last deliveries of feed so that when all the mature birds are shipped the feeders are empty. Read More »


Our crew has been waiting for warmer weather (and for the rain to stop) to move out our first birds of the year. Read More »


The Last Bird

On April 28, 2011 in Employees by spope

Our mature bird shipping season finally has come to an end. Read More »


Our breeder flocks are at full production and we have 10,000+ seven week old pheasants ready to go into pens and it snowed. Read More »


Big Saturday For Our Pen Crew

On April 13, 2011 in General by spope

Last week our pen manager, Brian Klein was lamenting to me about the amount of work he saw on the nearby horizon for his crew. Read More »


Commodity prices, especially corn, have been spiking upward over the past few months. Many producers (us included) have not been sure whether to go ahead and forward contract feed or whether to wait it out with the hope prices will fall. Read More »


Starting To Till Our Pens

On March 30, 2011 in General by spope

Its been really cold recently, but it still has been warm enough for the crew to start tilling the game bird pens. We have two Howard Rotovators – the biggest garden tillers you can imagine. Read More »


We have been trying to find a way to boost our retail store sales. Since Interstate 90 is just two miles from our farm (our farm is at the corner of Highway 11 U.S. Hwy 51), we have always dreamed of getting some of those Illinois visitors to know about and then stop at our store. Read More »