“Commercial Pheasant Production Overview”
Presented by: Mr. Bill MacFarlane, Owner of MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
Sponsored by the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources
September 12, 2013
Bio and Research Focus:
MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. has been in the game bird business since 1929. Bill MacFarlane has managed the business since 1979. This is the largest pheasant farm in North America, the largest producer of full-grown mature pheasants in the United States, and is one of the nation’s largest producers of dressed pheasants. In 2013, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. will produce 1.6+ million pheasant chicks and 200,000 partridge chicks. The farm will raise to maturity and sell 425,000 adult pheasants, 100,000+ Chukar and Redleg partridges, and 50,000 Hungarian partridges during 2013. In addition the farm will process 150,000 pheasants for food production. Bill oversees a staff of forty-five full time employees along with twenty plus seasonal workers.
From the onset, Bill MacFarlane has been involved with the creation of the Wildlife Management Degree Program at KSU. He also is an active member of Bird Shippers of America (BSA), North American Gamebird Association (NAGA), and the Wisconsin Game Preserve Association (WGPA).
Bill graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Houston.