Pheasant.com Blog | | Page 8

Pheasant.com Blog

Who Benefits from Our Feed Truck?

On November 9, 2016 in General by spope

Who Benefits from Our Feed Truck?

The feed truck pictured here, has been in use for about a year now at MacFarlane Pheasants. In the past we had feed delivered from a third-party vendor. The feed truck purchase has definitely improved our ability to take charge of our feeding schedule and costs. Read More »


All About Feed and Record Keeping at MacFarlane Pheasant Farm

We go through about 6000 tons of feed per year to feed our birds. Those tons of feed translate into the 2nd largest constant expense on the farm. The importance of record keeping can’t be overstated. Feed reconciliation is kept on a spreadsheet where every feed delivery is recorded with the invoice price and the date payments are made. The spreadsheet  information allows us to assess the data and find out all the information we need to know about feed in order to make wise decisions about our feed purchases. Read More »


Popular Game Birds in 2016-2017

On October 28, 2016 in General by spope

Popular Game Birds in 2016-2017

The Chinese Ringneck is our best seller at MacFarlane Pheasants. We expect to sell over 450,000 of these birds in 2016-2017. They are the most popular breed in the United States. Since they were brought here from China in 1881, they have continued to flourish and can be found in over 40 States. Hunters love them for their excellent flying ability and beautiful coloring. Read More »


Who Wants to Shop on a Pheasant Farm?

If you want to find a large variety of cooked and uncooked pheasant, a variety of exotic meats, or just a gift for someone special, you want to shop at MacFarlane’s Pheasant Farm! The store has been part of the farm since 1986 and the products offered have always appealed to folks within driving distance of the farm and area visitors who want to take a unique gift back to their hometown. Read More »


Is An Alarm System Needed On Our Farm?

Is an alarm system needed on our pheasant farm? The answer is yes, if we want to sleep at night! Having consistent temperatures is crucial to the success of raising our chicks. The most important use of an alarm system is to detect temperatures that get outside of our desired range. We began using a new system in July called Smart Barn, because our former alarm system was going out of business. Read More »


Lets Talk About Ground Cover on the Milton Farm

Brian Klein oversees the Milton Farm for MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I recently asked him how ground cover did this year. He gave me some detailed information about how he plans ground cover to best benefit the pheasants kept in Milton. The crew decides which of the 6 covered pens on the Milton farm get planted and which ones grow naturally, each year. The decisions are based on when birds will go into the pens. Pens that receive birds before June 1st almost always go into pens that grow naturally. We would have to plant by April 15th to have a pen ready by June 1st. That is impossible in Wisconsin because it is just too cold at that time of year. Yet weeds like lamb’s quarter or ragweed germinate at the time and provide great early season cover. Read More »


Town Hall Meetings Help to Keep Us Centered!

About a year and half ago we started having Town Hall Meetings, every six months, with each crew on the farm. Managers are not present at these meetings. Our owner, Bill MacFarlane, coordinates the discussions. This is an opportunity for employees to share concerns and ideas with Bill. Read More »


Why Are Workrooms a Safety Precaution?

Workrooms are the rooms we enter before the bird rooms. Each crew member has dedicated coveralls and dedicated footwear for each bird room they enter. A water bath outside the room is used to clean mud from shoes and there is a soap mat inside to disinfect footwear before you enter the workroom. A bench is located outside the bird room to separate it from incoming traffic. Read More »


Information Technology at MacFarlane Pheasants

One of the major goals of technology is to make sending and receiving information easy and efficient. We often forget there is someone behind the scenes who makes sure the internet stays running, backs up and reboots the system, keeps everything running smoothly and is the main contact to the IT company we use. Read More »


How Do We Communicate Efficiently?

Communication on the different MacFarlane Pheasant farms is a high priority. Two-way radios are a form of communication we have used for at least 25 years. We added a repeater about 15 years ago. Read More »