International Pheasant Management Seminar

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. hosted our 14th Annual International Pheasant Seminar March 3rd – 6th, 2024.

View archives from our past seminars below along with testimonials from past seminars. Have questions about past or upcoming seminars? Contact us today.

Seminar Testimonials

I participated in my first MacFarlane’s seminar in 2016. I really enjoyed meeting people working on the same sector from another part of the world, we have shared a lot our respective experience. The technical presentations were interesting all along the seminar. I would like to thank Bill and his very nice team for this great time.

Laurent Soullard, SAS Gibovendee - France

A very positive experience. The speakers were of a very high caliber but spoke in a manner relevant to the audience’s level of experience. Lab sessions were helpful and practical. Hospitality was unsurpassed and the chance to meet and share ideas was invaluable. I would heartily recommend this conference to anyone.

Alan Pearson BVM&S MRCVS, Poultry Veterinarian - Lancashire, England

I was so impressed with the whole operation especially on how open the staff was about the operation. The attendees were a unique collection of characters with the common thread of the love for birds. I highly recommend the seminar to anyone.

Rick Wood-Samman, Dirt Willy Game Bird Farm & Hatchery - Alberta Canada

It’s amazing to meet raisers from around the world. Learning about new technology advancements along with the onsite tour, makes it a must to attend.

Tim Zindl, Oak Ridge Pheasant Ranch - Wisconsin
This seminar provides an excellent variety of speakers and subjects relative to the gamebird industry. Without this seminar I would not have met and made friends within the industry that have been so helpful to me. Wonderful flow of information.
Jim Ridings, 3R’s Inc. - Fort Pierre, SD

Past Seminar Topics & Details

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. presented their “1st International Pheasant Management Seminar” on March 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of 1998. The seminars touched on a variety of subjects and offered chances for those starting and those in the business to learn from almost 70 years of gamebird business experience.

Activities included presentations by veterinarians and professionals on gamebird breeding, bird health, and general management practices; discussion and exchange of ideas; and an extensive tour of MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. The seminars have more than helped those who have attended.

The following people spoke at the seminar in 1998:

  • Dr. Radivoje (Rade) Spasojevic, D.V.M., PhD., M.S., A.C.P.V. Veterinarian with Sparboe Companies, Litchfield, MN.
    • Mycoplasma Reduction Program
  • Dr. Gorica Rajcic-Spasojevic, D.V.M., M.S., A.C.P.V. Embryologist with Willmar Poultry Company, Willmar, MN.
    • How it Affects the Health of Chicks
  • Dr. Richard Decker, D.V.M.Retired Avian Pathologist, Madison, WI.
    • Avian Pathology
  • Dr. Richard Schambow, D.V.M Local mobile vet who has served as Mac Farlane’s farm veterinarian since 1987.
    • Interstate & Export Health Requirements
  • Dr. Dan Weinstock, D.V.M., PhD. Veterinarian at the Animal Diagnostic Lab, Penn State University.
    • Preventing Coccidiosis
  • William MacFarlane: President of Mac Farlane Pheasant Farm.
    • Covered Pen Construction, Planting & Setup
  • Ben Lawton: Hatchery Manager for Mac Farlane Pheasant Farm.
    • Biosecurity & Pheasant Breeder Selection
  • Richard Stevens: Mac Farlane Pheasant Farm Assistant Hatchery Manager & Brooding Consultant.
    • Brooding Chicks
  • Wayne L. Wendorf: Sales/Nutritional Consultant for Nutrena Feeds, Div. Of Cargill; former owner of Garver Feed & Supply.
    • Feed Formulation for Game Birds

Tours included:

  • Mac Farlane Pheasant Farm, Janesville, WI
    • Hatchery, & Hen Barn (artificial insemination)
  • Eastman Hunt Club, Edgerton, WI.
  • Wern Valley Hunting Club, Waukesha, WI
  • General Motors Assembly Plant, Janesville, WI

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. presented their “2nd International Pheasant Management Seminar” from February 27 through March 3 of 2000. The seminars touched on a variety of subjects and offered chances for those starting and those in the business to learn from almost 70 years of gamebird business experience.

Activities included presentations by veterinarians and professionals on gamebird breeding, bird health, and general management practices; discussion and exchange of ideas; and an extensive tour of MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. The seminars have more than helped those who have attended.

The following people spoke at the seminar:

Speaker Topic 
Curt Sheffield, Chick Manager  Chukar Partridge Management
Richard Stevens, Hen Barn Manager  Breeder Selection
Brian Check, Assistant Chick Manager  Hungarian Partridge Management
Dr. Gorica Spasojevic, D.V.M., M.S., A.C.P.V.  Troubleshooting Hatchery Problems
Dr. Rade Spasojevic, D.V.M., PhD.,M.S., A.C.P.V.  Disease Control
Chris Theisen, Pen Manager  Pheasant Pen Management
Dr. Dan Weinstock, D.V.M.  Parasitic Poultry Diseases
Dr. Dan Weinstock, D.V.M.  Gamebird Diseases
Ben Lawton, Hatchery Manager  Bio-Security
Dr. Rade Spasojevic, D.V.M., PhD., M.S., A.C.P.V.  Improvement Process on a Poultry Farm
Jim Clark, Blonhaven Game Farm Common Sense Operation of a Commercial Game Bird Farm
Greg Martinelli, Cargill, Inc. Feeding Gamebirds
Dr. Richard Schambow, D.V.M. Interstate and Oversea Shipment of Gamebirds
Bill Brandel, Breeder Manager Breeder Management & Egg Washing
Jesse Steurer, Assistant Chick Manager Pheasant Chick Management

 

Tours included:

Mac Farlane Pheasant Farm, Janesville, WI
Wern Valley Hunting Club, Waukesha, WI

6th International Pheasant Management Seminar

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. hosted their 6th Bi-Annual Pheasant Management Seminar from March 2nd through March 5th, 2008. With over 90 attendees and speakers present from all over the United States and United Kingdom the week was filled with opportunities to learn more about the gamebird industry. There were many professional and knowledgeable speakers covering a variety of subjects which included ventilation, water quality, pen construction, disease in gamebirds, and much more. The pheasant seminar also included 2 days of tours of MacFarlane Pheasants operations, a necropsy lab, and egg breakout lab.

The seminar provides game farmers from around the world an opportunity to network and learn new ideas about making their own farm better. With the number of people attending it is a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other business men and women involved in this industry.

Who attends these seminars? Anyone involved in the game bird industry – many of whom are MacFarlane’s competition! The past attendees have come from Canada, England, Ireland, and all over the United States. Here’s what some of the attendees have said about the seminar just concluded:

Speakers

Speaker Topic
Bill MacFarlane
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Delegation
Ben Lawton Managing the Hatch Window
Trudy Baumeister
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
How to Prepare for the Season
Chris Theisen Pen Construction
Milt Briney
Briney’s Bird Farm
New Brooder Facility
Rusty Breyley Pheasant Breeding
Joseph Peterson
Flying B Ranch
Flight Cover Management
Irrigation system
Dr. Porter Necropsy & Diseases
Mike Czarik Brooding Chicks
Vern Christensen Incubation of Pheasant Eggs
Susan Watkins
University of Arkansas
The Importance of Water Quality
Dr. Eva Pendleton
Penn State University
Mycoplasma and Coccidiosis
Michael Jones
USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services
Starling Prevention
Terry Musser & Ron Wilmore Manchurian Release Program
Dr. Alan Pearson UK Breeder Vaccination Program

7th International Pheasant Management Seminar

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. hosted our International Pheasant Management Seminar March 7-10, 2010. More than 60 people were in attendance. Guests heard a broad array of speakers, asked questions of an expert panel of Poultry Veterinarians. Speaker presentations will include: the detection of and strategies to deal with Rota-Virus, the effective use of myco-toxin binders in feed, water conditioning and management, bio-security protocols, and a recent study of the effectiveness of various poultry coccidiostats in gamebirds. Other presentations will be given by experienced gamebird producers. Attendees also participated in extensive farm tours at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc., the largest pheasant production operation in the United States and necropsy and egg breakout labs offered opportunities to see pheasant pathology first hand.

This is a link to the Center For Dairy Profitability web site, one of our speakers, Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, sent us this link . Dairy Profitability has examples of the Dupont system Dr. Kevin Bernhardt spoke about at the seminar.

Guest Speakers & Topics:

Dr. Kevin Bernhardt, Professor of Agribusiness, UW-Platteville Farm Management Specialist – DuPont Financial Analysis Model
Dr. R. Keith Bramwell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Poultry Science, The University of Arkansas – Egg Handling and Incubation
Greg Emerick, Director of Sales, Pheasants Forever, Inc. – Pheasants Forever Overview
Don Giesting, Business Development Manager, Cargill Animal Nutrition – Reducing the Impact of Mycotoxins on Game Birds
Dr. Larry McDougald, Professor of Poultry Science – Coccidiosis in Game Birds
Dr. Rob Porter, Veterinary Pathologist, Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory – Rotavirus Infection in Pheasants
Dr. Casey Ritz, Associate Professor, Department of Poultry Science, The University of Georgia – Composting Daily Mortalities
Gary M Smith, Director of the Southwest Wisconsin Small Business Development Center – Raising Pheasants
Dr. Susan Watkins,Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, University of Arkansas – Interpreting Water Results
Derek Woods, D B Woods Consultancy Ltd., Managing Director – Crichel Estate – An English Sporting Estate
Tim Zindl, Oakridge Pheasant Ranch – Speed and Efficiency

MacFarlane Speakers:

Bill MacFarlane, Owner – How to Find and Hire
Ben Lawton, Hatchery Manager – Day Old Chick Quality
Troy Cisewski, Brooder Manager – Partridge Management

8th Bi-Annual International Pheasant Management Seminar

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. had the 8th International Pheasant Management Seminar from March 4th through  March 7th, 2012. There were presentations by veterinarians, professionals, and fellow gamebird producers on disease, breeding, health, brooding and much more. Extensive tours of the largest pheasant farm in the United States were also included with the seminar.

2012 Guest Speakers

Here is a list of the professional speakers that presented at our seminar.

‘The Status of USDA Approval of Fenbendazole’
Dr. Ron Griffith

DVM, MS, Ph.D., North Central Region Coordinator from Iowa State University
‘The Use of Distillers Grains in Poultry Feeds’
Dr. Sally Noll

Professor and Extension Poultry Specialist from University of Minnesota
One’
Harlan Schaefer

Best Vet Solutions in Iowa
‘Gamebird Husbandry in France’
Olivier de Chevigne’

Sales and Logistic Manager from L’envol de Retz in France
‘Gamebirds Physiology’
Dr. Rob Porter

Veterinary Pathologist from University of Minnesota
Poultry’
Dr. Susan Watkins

Professor/Extension Specialist from University of Arkansas
‘ Aivlosin’
Dr. Alan Pearson

Green Lane Vet Centre in England
‘Assessing Egg Quality in Breeders’
Dr. Keith Bramwell

Associate Professor from University of Arkansas
‘Presentation on Blue Hill Gamebirds’
Mr. Don Montgomery

President/Owner of Blue Hill Gamebirds in Kansas
‘Trapping Presentation
Mr. Brian Klein

MacFarlane’s Pen Manager
Management
Mr. Jeff Spooner

MacFarlane’s trapper.
‘Animal Husbandry in Game Birds’
Jeff May
Regional Sales Manager – Dawe’s Laboratories LLC
‘A Safer Method to Control Infestations of the Northern Fowl Mite in Poultry’
Dr. Mark E. Berres

Assistant Professor of Avian Biology- UW-Madison
Steve Shaw
Territory Manager – ECO Animal Health Ltd. – Great Britain

9th Bi-Annual International Pheasant Management Seminar

2014 Guest Speakers

Here is a list of the professional speakers that attended our seminar as well as the presentations they gave.

Leon “Fuzzy” Stock
Owner
Fuzzy’s Pheasant Farm
Luc Ledoux
Business Unit Manager
CID Lines NV Hatchery Hygiene
BVS LogoRoss Thoreson
Sales Manager
Best Veterinary Solutions
Cleaning & Disinfecting
BVS LogoJohn Menges
Sales Representative
Best Veterinary Solutions
Air Quality Presentation
Dr. Rob Porter
Veterinary Pathologist from University of Minnesota
Dr. Susan Watkins
Professor/Extension Specialist from University of Arkansas
Managing Water
Ted Bruesch
Technical Support Manager
Lipha Tech
Rodent Control
Dr. Keith Bramwell
Associate Professor from University of Arkansas
Incubation and Embryology
Trudy DeRemer
Genetics Manager
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
French Redleg Partridge
Brian Klein
Milton Farm Manager
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Transitioning Birds From Barns to Pens
Bill MacFarlane
Owner
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Economics of the Pheasant Industry
Brad Lillie
Financial Officer
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Ringneck-X Project
Chris Theisen
Production Manager
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Various Pen Designs
Ben Lawton
Hatchery Manager
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc
Breeder Selection
Kristin Merriman
Hungarian Partridge Manager
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Raising Hungarian Partridge
Matthew Hudson
GM Brooder Ltd
World Pheasant Presentation

10th Bi-Annual International Pheasant Management Seminar

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. 10th International Pheasant Management Seminar was held from March 6th through March 9th, 2016. Extensive tours of the largest pheasant farm in the United States were included with the seminar.

Dr. R. Keith Bramwell, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Arkansas-Poultry Science Dept.
Incubation & Embryology
Dr. Susan Watkins
Professor/Extension Specialist
University of Arkansas-Poultry Science Dept.
Drinking Water Quality – What’s New?
Chris Theisen
Production Manager
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Caring For Mature Birds
Brian Davis
Brooder Manager
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Brooder Barn Design
Ross Thoreson
Sales Manager
Best Veterinary Solutions
Biosecurity – Cleaning & Disinfecting
Jeff May
Clear View Enterprises LLC

A Brief History of the National Poultry Improvement Plan
Dr. Dale Lauer
Poultry Program Director
MN Board of Animal Health
Biosecurity – Asain Influenza & NPIP
Alan Pearson
Veterinary Gamebird Consultant

Garstang, UK
A Case of Mycoplasma Resistance

 Doug Anderson

DVM

Georgia Poultry Laboratory
The Veterinary Feed Directive

 Austin Baker

Ventilation Director

Hog Slat Inc.
Mechanical Ventilation of Barns

Maria Rodriguez
Technical Service Manager

Olmix
The Effects of Mycotoxins on Pheasant Health

Dr. Roger Draycott
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

United Kingdom
Improving The Survival of Released Pheasants

 David Wacker

Owner

Prairie Land Gamebirds
Prairie Land Gamebirds Overview

Brad Lillie
Financial Officer
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Avian Influenza Update
Dr. Dave Butler
Perdix Wildlife Solutions

United Kingdom
Rearing For Reintroduction

Laurent Soullard
Commercial Director

Gibovendee
Gibovendee Overview

Doug Manzer
Senior Scientist and Wildlife Program Manager
Alberta Conservation Association
Life on the Edge

11th Bi-Annual International Pheasant Management Seminar

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. hosted the 11th International Pheasant Management Seminar March 4th-7th, 2018. Extensive drive-around and virtual tours of the largest pheasant farm in the United States were included with the seminar. The seminar was hosted at the Ramada, located at 3900 Milton Ave, Janesville, WI

Check out the itinerary below and click on a presentation to learn more.

Itinerary

Monday March 5, 2018

7:50 – 8:00 AM Welcome Bill MacFarlane
8:00 – 8:45 AM All About Feathering Dr. Justin Fowler, University of Georgia
8:45 – 9:30 AM Managing Vegetative Cover in a Gamebird Operation James Clark, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
9:30 – 10:00 AM  BREAK
10:00 – 10:45 AM  All About BioSecurity Trudy DeRemer, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc
10:45 – 11:30 AM Modern Brooder Barn Ventilation  Austin Baker, Hog Slat
11:30 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00 PM Drive Around Tours of MacFarlane Pheasants
3:15 – 4:15 PM MacFarlane Pheasants Brooder Operation Brian Davis, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc
4:15 – 4:45 PM Virtual Farm Tour Shayne Noller, MacFarlane Pheasants Food Production

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

7:50 – 8:00 AM Welcome Bill MacFarlane
8:00 – 8:45 AM Moving Birds for Interstate Transfer Dr. Richard Schambow, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc
8:45 – 9:30 AM Forsgren’s Pheasant Farm Michael Forsgren, Forsgren’s Pheasant Farm
9:30 – 10:00 AM BREAK
10:00 – 10:45 AM Breeding & Raising Exotic Pheasants Royd Hatt, Hatt&rsquo’s Ranch
10:45 – 11:30 AM Feed Ingredients, Additives & Quality Control Dr. Al Hollister, Dawe’s Laboratories
11:30 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 – 1:30 PM Pen Management Q & A Brian Check, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc
1:30 – 4:00 PM Hands on Egg Breakout Lab & Demonstration on Sexing Day-Old Chicks Dr. Keith Bramwell, Josh Deines, Krystal Price & Hatchery Staff
1:30 – 4:00 PM Necropsy Lab Dr. Doug Anderson, Dr. Nick Anthony & Trudy DeRemer

Wenesday, March 7, 2018

7:50 – 8:00 AM Welcome Bill MacFarlane
8:00 – 8:45 AM Egg Storage and Impact on Hatchability Josh Deines, University of Arkansas
8:45 – 9:30 AM Mycoplasma in gamebirds Jeff May, ClearView Enterprises
9:30 – 10:00 AM BREAK
10:00 – 10:45 AM Early Embryonic Mortality Dr.Keith Bramwell, Jamesway Incubator Company
10:45 – 11:30 AM MacFarlane Hatchery Virtual Tour Krystal Price
11:30 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 – 1:45 PM MacFarlane White Breeding Program Virtual Tour Kate Rollette, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc
1:45 – 2:30 PM Brooding Hungarian Partridge Heidi Welch, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc
2:30 – 3:00 PM BREAK
 3:00 – 3:45 MacFarlane Breeder Farm Virtual Tour  Troy Cisewski, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc

Seminar 2000

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. presented their “2nd International Pheasant Management Seminar” from February 27 through March 3 of 2000. The seminars touched on a variety of subjects and offered chances for those starting and those in the business to learn from almost 70 years of gamebird business experience.

Activities included presentations by veterinarians and professionals on gamebird breeding, bird health, and general management practices; discussion and exchange of ideas; and an extensive tour of MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. The seminars have more than helped those who have attended.

The following people spoke at the seminar:

 Speaker Topic 
Curt Sheffield, Chick Manager  Chukar Partridge Management
Richard Stevens, Hen Barn Manager  Breeder Selection
Brian Check, Assistant Chick Manager  Hungarian Partridge Management
Dr. Gorica Spasojevic, D.V.M., M.S., A.C.P.V.  Troubleshooting Hatchery Problems
Dr. Rade Spasojevic, D.V.M., PhD.,M.S., A.C.P.V.  Disease Control
Chris Theisen, Pen Manager  Pheasant Pen Management
Dr. Dan Weinstock, D.V.M.  Parasitic Poultry Diseases
Dr. Dan Weinstock, D.V.M.  Gamebird Diseases
Ben Lawton, Hatchery Manager  Bio-Security
Dr. Rade Spasojevic, D.V.M., PhD., M.S., A.C.P.V.  Improvement Process on a Poultry Farm
Jim Clark, Blonhaven Game Farm Common Sense Operation of a Commercial Game Bird Farm
Greg Martinelli, Cargill, Inc. Feeding Gamebirds
Dr. Richard Schambow, D.V.M. Interstate and Oversea Shipment of Gamebirds
Bill Brandel, Breeder Manager Breeder Management & Egg Washing
Jesse Steurer, Assistant Chick Manager Pheasant Chick Management

 

Tours included:

  • Mac Farlane Pheasant Farm, Janesville, WI
  • Wern Valley Hunting Club, Waukesha, WI

Seminar Schedule

Monday February 28

8:00 am MacFarlane Farm Tour
11:45 am  Lunch at El Jardin
2:00 pm  Tour of Wern Valley Hunting Preserve

Tuesday February 29

8:30 am  Seminar Sessions
12:00 pm  Lunch
1:10 pm Seminar Sessions

 

Wednesday March 1

8:30 am Seminar Sessions
 12:00 pm Lunch at World Buffet
1:15 pm Seminar Sessions

13th International Pheasant Management Seminar

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