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The Seminar is Over

On March 13, 2010 in General by spope

I have mixed feelings today. I am relieved the seminar is over, but at the same time it’s been such an exciting week, I have some feelings of kind of a let down. Read More »


My Father

On March 7, 2010 in General by spope

My father was Donald James MacFarlane. He was born on July 3rd, 1903 in the same farmhouse his father (William Daniel MacFarlane) was born in 30 years earlier. The farmhouse is about 10 miles east of Janesville, where my great grandfather emigrated from Scotland in 1849. Read More »


Bright and Early

On March 4, 2010 in General by spope

The days are rapidly getting longer and yet there doesn’t seem to be enough time to get everything done. Read More »


I flew to San Antonio last week and spend three days at the NAGA (North American Gamebird Association) annual convention. Read More »


Getting Ready for the New Season

On February 20, 2010 in General by spope

It’s hard to believe, but we’re in the final preparation stage for our new season (producing ringnecks for sale as mature birds for the fall of 2010). Read More »


One of My Mentors

On February 10, 2010 in General by spope

Wayne Wendorf is a good friend of mine. He owned Garver Feed in Madison, Wisconsin for years. Read More »


Tail Length and Genetics

On February 6, 2010 in General by spope

Years ago there was a wide variance in mature pheasant feathering quality between growers. Read More »


Wish I Had a Crystal Ball

On January 31, 2010 in General by spope

It’s been very cold, and the hunt clubs we supply within 200 miles of our farm have had their business affected. We hear that the upcoming week will bring much warmer weather and we are looking forward to moving more birds regionally. Read More »


Just a few thoughts

On January 21, 2010 in General by spope

On a positive note, we have 55 paid participants already signed up to attend our seminar. That is just an awesome number – as we historically have had 10 – 20 people sign up in the month prior to the seminar. I am so pumped about it. Read More »


On their way to Oregon

On January 12, 2010 in General by spope

Yesterday we had a major shipment depart for Washington and Oregon. Read More »