March 6-9, 2016 was spent hosting guests from all over the United States. Several attendees came from the UK, Canada, and even a few folks from France came to learn and network about the pheasant industry! This year’s event included over 100 attendees and included veterinarians, producers, students, Dept. of Wildlife employees, hunt club representatives, and others wanting to learn what’s new in the pheasant business. Thank you to our attendees who shared appreciations:
“Where do I begin? I had such an incredible time at the seminar. Bill MacFarlane is an absolute professional and put together an event that far exceeded my expectations. The speakers and meaty topics were amazing and the whole atmosphere lent itself to learning and networking so that game bird producers on a world wide scale can take away incredibly valuable information and industry contacts that will benefit any size producer, Anyone attending the MacFarlane Seminar will leave knowing why Bill and his staff are so successful and respected industry wide. Thank you, Bill.” Darrell Meineke, Wyoming Game and Fish Dept., Wyoming
The seminar was a huge learning experience and the hospitality was excellent. MacFarlane people went out of their way to make everyone feel at home. Thanks.” Al Frank, BC Pheasant Company, Canada
Many who attended were particularly happy with the virtual tours during this year’s seminar. The managers of each MacFarlane Pheasants’ division were on hand to answer questions as the tour played. We owe these talented leaders many thanks!
Attendees also enjoyed the vendors who joined us for the seminar. Appreciations go out to:
3T Products-Todd Laudenslager
Best Vet Solutions-Harlan Schaefer
Hog Slat, Inc./Georgia Poultry Equipment Co.-Austin Baker, Gary Herring, Cameron Watson, Scott Bauck
Kent Corporation-Tom Johnson, Rick Kuhl Jr.
Market Financial Group-Jim Longhway, Rob Wold
Our great line up of speakers covered many topics including biosecurity and updates on Avian Influenza. Expert advice also covered diseases, breeding, health, brooding, improvement planning, ventilation, drinking water quality, food products, game birds in the UK and caring for mature birds. Thank you for your expertise:
Dr R. Keith Bramwell PHD, University of Arkansas Poultry Science Department
Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas Poultry Science Department
Chris Theison, Production Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Brian Davis, Brooder Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Ross Thoreson, Sales Manager, Best Veterinary Services, Iowa
Jeff May, Clear View Enterprises
Dr. Dale Lauer, Poultry Program Director, Minneapolis Board of Animal Health
Alan Pearson, Veterinary Gamebird Consultant, Grating, UK
Doug Anderson, DMV, Georgia Poultry Lab
Austin Baker, Ventilation Director, Hog Slat, Inc.
Maria Rodriguez, Technical Service Director, Olmix
David Wacker, Owner, Prairie Land Gamebirds
Brad Lillie, Financial Officer, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Trudy DeRemer, Research Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Troy Cisewski, Breeder Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Ben Lawton, Hatchery Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Ryan George, Food Products Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Shayne Noller, Food Products Shipping/Processing, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Rich Thomas, Assistant Production Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Special thanks to Sarah Pope, Human Resources/Office Manager, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. for the countless hours she spent organizing this event and to all of the staff at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. for the extra time they put in to making sure the farm was in tip top shape! Feel free to visit our website with follow-up questions. We would love to hear from you!