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It’s Snowing!

On December 3, 2009 in General by spope

It’s snowing. We have been watering 100,000+ pheasants this week – what a job. It’s supposed to snow 3” – 5” tonight. Read More »


Dodged a Bullet

On November 27, 2009 in General by spope

Late Wednesday night (or early Thanksgiving morning) we had a minor snowstorm – by daylight all the snow was gone. But the 1” – 2” of heavy wet snow that did fall was enough to collapse a number of pens on our farm. Read More »


Let Them Eat Snow

On November 20, 2009 in General by spope

Above is a pic of one of our 500 gallon water wagons. November has been very kind to us – weather wise. We have over 100,000 pheasants on the farm – outside in the pens. Once we reach late October and then November, our water system usually freezes. Read More »


Bio-Security on a Pheasant Farm

On November 16, 2009 in General by spope

It’s been a few years since Avian Influenza was on the news nearly every day. Now of course it’s swine flu. It’s a tough call to try and decide how tight to make your farm bio-security wise. Many poultry farms are shower in, shower out facilities. Read More »


2010 Production Decision

On November 12, 2009 in General by spope

Here is an aerial picture of our breeder farm. On the upper left are our two 50’ X 300’ breeder barns – where we breed the flocks of ringnecks we use to produce chicks in March and April. Breeders are going into these buildings next week. Read More »


Business is Booming

On November 6, 2009 in General by spope

It’s just been an awesome week. We came into this week expecting to ship 2 full goosenecks of birds – as that is all we had scheduled (of course in addition we have local runs with straight trucks). Read More »


Harvest Moon

On November 2, 2009 in General by spope

Last night there was the most awesome full moon. The air was crisp, and there was virtually no wind. We moved out the very last of the last hatch yesterday, and though it was cold – the lack of wind meant the birds were not going to get stressed. Read More »


Rain, Rain, Rain (go away!!!)

On October 26, 2009 in General by spope

I just stepped outside my office and took this dreary pic. Read More »


We have a 4 person crew busy daily now working on setting up our breeder flocks for the 2010 season. We are planning on keeping over 30,000 pheasant layer hens and the selection process for such a flock takes months. Read More »


I developed the notion that however the South Dakota pheasant season goes has a large impact on the U.S. pen raised pheasant market. Over the past few years, whenever (for whatever reason) there is an increased demand for pen raised birds from South Dakota – that demand draws birds from all the surrounding and even 2nd tier states. Read More »