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How Do We Support Spanish Speaking Customers and Employees?

Employers benefit from having bilingual employees on staff. Since October of 2016, Karina Rangel, who speaks both Spanish and English, has been working in our office at MacFarlane Pheasants. It is a real advantage in a business with customers from all over the world and many employees to have someone who can interpret for them. In a 2012 study by the National Institute of Health researchers found that people who grow up speaking two languages are also better at multi-tasking. We are indeed lucky to have Karina working here to support our Spanish speaking employees and customers. Read More »


Johan Jacobs Interview

On July 18, 2017 in Employees by spope

Johan Jacobs Interview

Recently we have been interviewing our newest workers at MacFarlane Pheasants. They came to our farm all the way from South Africa! Johan Jacobs applied, through an agency in South Africa for an opportunity to work in the United States. MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. was the first job that popped up and Johan jumped at the chance to work in America. Read More »


Wicus Jacobs Employed by MacFarlane Pheasants

Wicus Jacobs is currently an employee at MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. He has only lived in America for a short time and will only live here 10 months. He came to our farm from Christiana North West, South Africa.  Read More »


Gerhardus Venter Leaves his Home in South Africa to Work at MacFarlane Pheasants in Janesville, WI,  USA

A complicated application process in South Africa, at a company that helps South African people find work in the United States, brought Gerhardus Venter to MacFarlane Pheasants. He lives here with nine other men from various parts of South Africa, and will be here for 10 months. All of the men will return to their homeland on January 15, 2018. Read More »


Ronnie Viljoen Shares His Experiences from South Africa to America

Ronnie Viljoen was interested in working in America and he accomplished his goal when he was hired by MacFarlane Pheasants for a 10 month job on our farm. After lots of paperwork and working with the American Embassy to obtain a visa, he arrived in America all the way from the Great Karoo in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. Read More »


Jay Illbeck-Assistant Maintenance Manager at MacFarlane Pheasants

“I have repaired just about everything on the farm at least once,” says Jay Illbeck about his work on our farm. He is the assistant maintenance manager at MacFarlane Pheasants and has been with us for six years. He has also delivered birds and helped with new construction projects, over the years. Jay is a self trained man who attributes his maintenance skills to being around other skilled people and extensive reading. He told me he loves the variety of his job.  Read More »


Shayne Noller-Manager of Food Products Building

Shayne has worked for MacFarlane Pheasants for 11 years. He was originally hired as an assistant manager in the flight pen operation, but he quickly moved into the management position and stayed for eight years. After that he worked in the hatchery for a season before becoming the manager of the food products building. He told us that he learned his management skills in college, but that his experience and on the job training provided most of the skills he needs to do his job.  Read More »


Hatchery Manager Retires from MacFarlane Pheasants After 31 Years

Ben Lawton, one of the most universally respected people in the pheasant business, has retired from MacFarlane Pheasants after 31 years. Brad Lillie, Chief Financial Officer describes him as “one of the hardest working and most motivated individuals I have ever known.” Ben’s accomplishments over 30 years at MacFarlane Pheasants have earned the respect of everyone here at the farm, but also national and international respect as a game bird expert. 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 »


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 »