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Exploring Historic Janesville, Wisconsin-Including MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

Janesville, Wisconsin is home to many historic places, including MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. Tom Wilmer, from Central Coast Public Radio has been the travel host of the National Public Radio digital media radio show, Journeys of Discovery, at KRML in Carmel, California for many years. Read More »


Memories from Early Winter in the MacFarlane History

As the cold settled in this past week, I was reminded of the Great Armistice Day Storm of 1940. Ken MacFarlane, Uncle to Bill MacFarlane, died in this infamous storm. He had gone duck hunting with friends on the Upper Mississippi on November 11,1940 and never returned. Read More »


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

William (Bill) MacFarlane has been leading MacFarlane Pheasants since he was 24 years old. He followed his uncle, Ken MacFarlane, and his dad, Don MacFarlane, into the family business after graduating from the University of Houston in 1979. Read More »


The History of MacFarlane Pheasants, Part 2: All in the Family

Don and Ken MacFarlane grew up together on a farm 10 miles east of Janesville, Wisconsin, that their grandfather had established in 1849 when he emigrated from Scotland. Read More »


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

William (Bill) MacFarlane, the president of MacFarlane Pheasants, has been leading the business for 36 years, but the evolution of the company began 86 years ago with the dreams of Bill’s uncle, Ken MacFarlane. Read More »


History of MacFarlane

On July 1, 2014 in General by spope

Often times we make it a point to highlight where the farm is, or how it is growing. It is exciting to see how it has evolved and what all it has become! Today I thought I would give you a little insight as to the history of MacFarlane Pheasants, and where it all began. Read More »


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. Read More »