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The Effects of Rain on a Pheasant Business

Brian Check, one of our farm managers at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. thinks about rain as a “four-letter word” for too much or not enough. Both cases change our seasonal chore routines and affect our pheasants and other wild birds. We have over 100 acres of pens and thousands of birds to worry about, whether it rains or shines! Since we have had such a rainy season this year, we’ll focus on rain for this article. Read More »


April Goble Loves Her Job at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

April Goble’s interview was a delightful look into the life and thoughts of the woman who is the Chick Sales Coordinator at MacFarlane Pheasants. Remember her name because if life goes the way she expects, she will still be here in 30 years. When she was asked what she wants to be doing 30 years from now, she said, “I will still be here at MacFarlane’s getting ready to retire and crying because my son and daughter have their own lives. I’ll be enjoying my grandchildren, though!” Read More »


Conserving Natural Resources at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

In 1999 we received Rock County’s award for outstanding conservation efforts. Outstanding conservation awards go to those farmers who complete 90 percent of their conservation plans. Today, MacFarlane Pheasants continues its dedication to preserving our earth’s natural resources. It is one of our core values. Read More »


MacFarlane Pheasants Welcomes Summer Interns

The Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence (CEO) benefits students who are interested in strong research-based poultry education. Students from participating sites may take innovative poultry science classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and take part in internships that will fit into the academic timetable. Credits are transferable to the students’ home university. MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is active in the Midwest Poultry Consortium and regularly takes interns at their farm. This summer we welcomed Caroline Greg from Iowa State University and Reilly Hoefker from South Dakota State University. Both students are taking advantage of the University of Wisconsin classes. Read More »


Welcome to MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. (Herman Smit Interview)

Herman Smit arrived in the United States from a small town called Secunda in South Africa on March 17, 2018. He will spend 10 months at MacFarlane Pheasants before returning to his home. Read More »


Stephan Schutte Describes His Life in South Africa and Janesville, WI

Stephan arrived in Janesville, Wisconsin from his home in Schoemanskloof, South Africa on March 15, 2018. Like all of the workers who came here from South Africa, he went through a complex process with a company in South Africa that places workers in a United States work environment. MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. was one of the employers that signed up with that company to accept workers who were vetted and could obtain a work visa. This is MacFarlane’s second year in the program. Stephan has nothing but praise for his opportunity to work at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. Read More »


Memories of the Past at MacFarlane Pheasants

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is proud of its status as the largest pheasant producer in North America. They are even more proud of the family who fought to build the business beginning 89 years ago. It was a business built through both triumph and tragedy. The entire story was featured in a three-part series on our blog site, in 2015. What follows is a summary of those articles. Read More »


 Our Friends From South Africa Settle In At MacFarlane Pheasants

Dillon Seamster is the Process Crew Manager at MacFarlane Pheasants. He has been with us a little over three years. At this time of year, he is very busy getting peepers placed on all our young birds and getting them placed in pens to grow to maturity. His crew is also responsible for helping Farm Management setting up pens with feeders, huts and all the necessary equipment they need. Read More »


MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. Will Pay for Your CDL License

We are currently hiring part-time and full-time drivers to transport our live birds to buyers who live all over the United States and Canada. We will pay for and provide the assistance you need to get your CDL and pay bonuses once your temporary and your permanent CDL is issued. Read More »


What is James Clark’s Latest Adventure At MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc?

James Clark (Jim) has been a pheasant guy since childhood. His parents owned and operated Blonhaven, a pheasant farm and hunt club established in Milton in 1945. When Jim was just 26 years old, he bought the farm from his parents and operated it for 34 years, before retiring. Retirement didn’t mean losing his love of all things related to pheasants, though. Read More »