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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 Trucks and Drivers Are Ready for the Busy Mature Pheasant Season!

It is the season at MacFarlane Pheasants for preparing to deliver our mature birds. In fact, some deliveries are already on their way! Our maintenance manager, Art Schumacher has provided some details about our delivery trucks and drivers that will assure our customers that we are well prepared for the season. Read More »


Time To Think About Started Birds For 2019!

MacFarlane Pheasants ships out about 22,000 “started birds” each year. Started birds are our 6-week old pheasants that can be put directly into outdoor pens when they ar-rive. They are perfect for the person who wants to grow pheasants but does not have the barn setup or time to raise chicks. This year, Started Bird Season, is coming to a close so it is time to think about orders for 2019. 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 »


Successful Mature Birds Planning for Excellent Deliveries

It is mature bird season at MacFarlane Pheasants! Our customers from all over North America and Canada are anxiously awaiting the arrival of pheasants and partridges from our farm. It takes careful planning to make sure our deliveries run smoothly. Read More »


Lodewyk Davis Takes a Break from his Studies to Work at MacFarlane Pheasants

Lodewyk Davis has been in the United States, working at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. since March 7, 2018. He came here on a work visa from Richards Bay, South Africa. Richards Bay is situated on the Mhiatuze River. It has one of the country’s largest harbors and is the deepest natural harbor in the Southern hemisphere! Lodewyk says his home is close to the ocean and the subtropical climate is quite different from Wisconsin. Lodewyk describes our seasonal changes as “quite dramatic, in comparison.” Read More »


Water Sanitation in Hen Barns at MacFarlane Pheasants

We are using a water sanitation system in our hen barns and in barn 7 called AANE. AANE (Automated Activation Non-Electric) is a cost-efficient system that eliminates the need for manual mixing. The unit dilutes the activated concentrate and keeps the mixture consistent. It does not require electricity or wiring. Only one water connection is required to provide activation of the product. Basically, the system activates chlorine dioxide on demand and an adjustable proportioner called Dosatron. Read More »

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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 »


MacFarlane Pheasants Appreciates Workers from South Africa

Production Manager Troy Cisewski shared his appreciation for returning South African workers at MacFarlane Pheasants and the four new workers he supervises at the breeder farm. Read More »

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