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.
Keagan said, “It was my first year at KSU and I will admit that I only had a mild interest in the industry at first, but after taking a gamebird production class, it was clear to me that’s what I wanted to specialize in. I can honestly say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made!”
Keagan is now a senior in the Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management program at KSU. January 4, 2016 was Keagan’s first day at MacFarlane Pheasants and each day has been an opportunity to grow in knowledge and experience. He started in the breeder selection department, followed by the process crew, the office, the hen barn, bird care, the hatchery, the brooder crew and finally the process crew again. The finish date for Keagan’s internship is July 29, 2016. Then it is back to Kansas State for his final year of college.
Keagan is taking both skills, memories and gratitude back to Kansas State.
- “I was fortunate enough to help with and attend the 2016 Gamebird Seminar at MacFarlane Pheasants. I met with and networked with some fantastic people from all over the world.”
- “I learned a wealth of knowledge in every department.”
- “I would like to thank everyone at the farm for being so open to questions and their willingness to share information.”
- “Most of all, I would like to thank Bill for his generosity and for providing such an opportunity.”
Thank you Keagan for your time at MacFarlane Pheasants, we wish you all the best in your career.