• Spanish Red Leg Partridge Brooder Barn Damage After June 2024 Tornado

    The Tornado’s Toll: 55,000 Birds Perished or Escaped & Over Two Million Dollars in Damages

    At MacFarlane Pheasants, our roots run deep. For 95 years, MacFarlane has been dedicated to producing the finest game birds in the US and even the world. Unfortunately, at the end of June, a devastating tornado struck our Janesville farm, bringing unforeseen challenges. The damage has been significant. This [...]

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  • Photo of Storm Damage

    Recovery Update from MacFarlane Pheasant Farm

    Last Saturday, a tornado struck MacFarlane Pheasant Farm, causing significant damage and challenging our team. As farmers dedicated to the well-being of our animals and our community, we want to update you on the situation and our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and care of our birds. Immediate Impact [...]

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  • Celebrating Bill MacFarlane

    Celebrating Bill MacFarlane!

    The Ag Business Council of Rock County selects two people each year to be inducted into the distinguished Rock County Agricultural Hall of Fame. On April 8, 2022, Bill MacFarlane was honored with this award. Many friends, family, and employees were present at the celebration. The presenter of Bill’s award was Jim [...]

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  • Bill by MacFarlane Pheasants sign

    The History of MacFarlane Pheasants, Part 3: The Road Not Taken

    Editors note: This is Part 3 in a three-part series detailing the rich history of MacFarlane Pheasants, a business that began 86 years ago and has since grown into the largest pheasant farm in North America. Special thanks to the MacFarlane family for providing archived documents and information. William (Bill) [...]

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  • Bill by MacFarlane Pheasants sign

    The History of MacFarlane Pheasants, Part 1: The Making of the Farm

    Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 in a three-part series detailing the rich history of MacFarlane Pheasants, a business that began 86 years ago and has since grown into the largest pheasant farm in North America. Special thanks to the MacFarlane family for providing archived documents and information. William (Bill) [...]

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  • Large Manchurain Ringneck Cross

    Back to the Past – Manchurian Project – Part 2

    I went to China in 1994, as part of a People-to-People delegation, and we went to Changchun, the province where our original set of Manchurian pheasant eggs had been collected. The trip, as well as an explanation of our research into the Manchurian Pheasants, is chronicled in a slide show [...]

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  • Photo of Pheasants in Flight Pen

    Coming to America: The Pheasant’s History in the United States

    It wasn’t the first time. It wasn’t the second. It took a bunch of times for pheasants, which come from Asia, to get situated in their new home of the United States. The Ringnecked Pheasant (also called the Ring-neck Pheasant), is the toughest of its relatives, and it finally caught hold of [...]

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