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What is Happening in MacFarlane’s Food Division?

We caught up with Shayne Noller, food products manager at MacFarlane Pheasants, to find out what is new and exciting in the Food Division, during fall 2016, He wanted to give a shout out to the staff currently working with him to fill orders and get ready for the holiday rush! So our first order of business is to thank Terey, Luz, Brenda, Cynthia, Nate, and Dave for their work in our food production room. We would not be able to fill all the orders without them. He then took the time to talk about the orders that come in during the holiday season. Read More »


Everyone Cooperating to Help Others (ECHO) features MacFarlane Pheasant

ECHO (Everyone Cooperating to Help Others), in Janesville WI, held a fundraiser on Saturday evening, September 24, 2016, at the Janesville Country Club. MacFarlane Pheasants donated the pheasant for this “Culinary Delight” and Chef Kevin Halpin created pheasant hors d’oeuvres consisting of breaded pheasant pieces, cold pheasant salad bites, and pheasant pizza. The dinner included a honey pan fried pheasant breast with a spicy sauce that was out of this world. Steak, salad, vegetables and cheesecake completed this delicious meal. This culinary delight raised some much needed funds for community members who are struggling with basic needs. Read More »


The Afghan Pheasant is a Special Bird!

Afghans are raised on our farm in the same manner as Ringneck Pheasants. They require a perfectly washed and sanitized barn after hatching. They stay in Room A with feed and nipple waterers until 3 weeks and are then moved to Room B with feed troughs and Plasson Bell Waterers until they are 7 weeks old. At that time they are moved outside to covered pens. All of our pheasants are checked three times a day during the early stages to make sure they are healthy and that all equipment is working correctly. Read More »


French Partridges Continue to Thrive!

We have been raising French Partridges, also known as Red-legged Partridges, for several years now. We import the eggs directly from L’envol de Retz in France and we are the only commercial producer in the United States. These beautiful birds weigh between 19 and 25 ounces and are 13-15 inches in length. They have light brown backs, buff bellies and red legs.  They are also one of the most exciting birds to hunt because of their speed and wildness. Hunt clubs love these birds for their hardy nature and ability to withstand extreme climates. Read More »


On the Road with James Clark!

On September 7, 2016 in Employees by spope

On the Road with James Clark!

James Clark spoke to me about his work for MacFarlane Pheasants while traveling from his home in Las Vegas to Alberta, Canada. He was making this 19-hour road trip to begin a three month assignment setting up and overseeing the provincial distribution of pheasants. Jim Clark is living proof of our dedication to putting our customers’ needs at the forefront of our business! Read More »


Chick Sales are Growing, and Growing, and Growing!

Last year was a great year for chick sales, we sold 1.3 million chicks. This year was even better. We had excellent hatching rates and were able to hatch into mid-August! That led to a whopping 1.5 million chicks we were able to provide to chick customers! Read More »


Lets Talk About Ground Cover on the Milton Farm

Brian Klein oversees the Milton Farm for MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I recently asked him how ground cover did this year. He gave me some detailed information about how he plans ground cover to best benefit the pheasants kept in Milton. The crew decides which of the 6 covered pens on the Milton farm get planted and which ones grow naturally, each year. The decisions are based on when birds will go into the pens. Pens that receive birds before June 1st almost always go into pens that grow naturally. We would have to plant by April 15th to have a pen ready by June 1st. That is impossible in Wisconsin because it is just too cold at that time of year. Yet weeds like lamb’s quarter or ragweed germinate at the time and provide great early season cover. Read More »


The Life of the Brooder Crew Changes in August!

The brooder crew in August have only a distant memory of grasses, trees, and shrubs turning green with the longer days and feeling the excitement of the first hatches. The final Ringneck hatches occur the week of August 15th. It is still hot and humid in August but we realize that it is time to shift gears and think about preparations for fall and winter. Read More »


Kaicie Chasteen-Proud University of Florida Student and MacFarlane Pheasant Farm Intern

Kaicie Chasteen is completing a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an emphasis on beef cattle, a focus on poultry and a minor in fisheries and aquatic sciences. This impressive program demonstrates her focus and determination. She is a proud senior at the University of Florida, which by the way, is Florida’s land-grant university, established by the Morrill Act signed into law by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. Kaicie provided us with that bit of history and it was interesting to follow up on the Morrill Act. Read More »


What Does It Take to Sanitize 21 Brooder Rooms?

Yep, you heard it right! We have 21 brooder rooms in our Brooder Department. We spend quite a bit of time keeping our rooms in perfect condition. The cleaning and sanitizing process takes place 3, 4, or even 5 days a week and each area can take several hours to clean, sanitize, and dry out. Depending on the size of the room, the drying process can be anywhere from 4-8 hours. Luckily, the brooder crew has a 2nd shift so we can be washing in both the day and evening hours. Let me detail the process for you: Read More »