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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 »


Sexing Pheasants Is Important Work!

At MacFarlane Pheasants we begin the sexing of pheasants when they are day-old chicks. The process doesn’t stop there, though. Read More »


Memories of the Past at MacFarlane Pheasants

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is proud of its status as the largest pheasant producer in North America. They are even more proud of the family who fought to build the business beginning 89 years ago. It was a business built through both triumph and tragedy. The entire story was featured in a three-part series on our blog site, in 2015. What follows is a summary of those articles. Read More »


Coming Soon: Electronic Logging Devices for Our Drivers

MacFarlane Pheasants continues to grow technologically. Our pheasant company has been in business 88 years, so the advancements in technology, since that time, are astronomical! We made a decision to purchase an electronic logging device for our trucks and have it implemented no later than December, 2017. These new devices are like an I pad that is connected directly into a delivery truck’s engine monitoring system and they make it possible for the driver to monitor the hours spent on the road electronically. In addition to that very important function, we are looking for a system that may also include a phone and a GPS system.  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 »


Why Are Workrooms a Safety Precaution?

Workrooms are the rooms we enter before the bird rooms. Each crew member has dedicated coveralls and dedicated footwear for each bird room they enter. A water bath outside the room is used to clean mud from shoes and there is a soap mat inside to disinfect footwear before you enter the workroom. A bench is located outside the bird room to separate it from incoming traffic. Read More »


How Do We Communicate Efficiently?

Communication on the different MacFarlane Pheasant farms is a high priority. Two-way radios are a form of communication we have used for at least 25 years. We added a repeater about 15 years ago. Read More »


MacFarlane’s Food Division is a Busy Place

Shayne Noller, our Food Division Supervisor, recently shared his excitement about how busy his crew has been during this last year. This was a recent post on our Facebook page that explains a part of Shayne’s excitement!  “Exciting things are happening at the farm today! We are shipping 40,000 pounds (over 1700 cases) of frozen pheasant to Japan. The container of pheasants will be trucked to Chicago, then it will go on a train to San Francisco and finally will take a boat ride to Japan." Read More »


Game Birds Stay Healthy With Daily Monitoring

Monitoring of feed consumption is an essential component of making sure our birds stay healthy. Read More »


Brooder Crew is Busy During the off Season

The Brooder Crew is a critical part of the MacFarlane Pheasant team! There are 8- 10 full time employees during the chick rearing season, but during the off season a few of the employees  go on to other jobs on the farm.  Read More »