I grew up working on our pheasant farm. After high school, I left Janesville to go to college at the University of Houston. After graduating in 1979 with a degree in Economics, I returned home to run the farm with my father, Don. I was born when my father was 51 years old, so when I returned from college, my dad was in his mid 70's. One of the first things my father did after I returned home was to incorporate the business. My father passed away in 1985, and I continued to manage the farm.
I enjoy the many opportunities that owning MacFarlane Pheasants provides me. My daily efforts at the farm are concentrated on long range planning, marketing, and keeping the farm profitable. I am an active member of organizations that focus on securing the future of our business, such as Bird Shippers of America (BSA), the North American Gamebird Association (NAGA), and the Wisconsin Game Preserve Association (WGPA). Outside of work, I participate in community volunteer projects such as United Way and Meals on Wheels. I also enjoy traveling, playing poker, and spending time with friends and family.
My wife Dori and I enjoy traveling and our children. She is a third grade teacher at Jackson Elementary School in Janesville. I have a daughter Dana and Dori has four children Sarah (with daughter Zella), Maria, Emma and Micah.
Hi, My name is April Goble. I am the Chick & Egg Coordinator at Macfarlane Pheasants, INC. This past year we produced over 3 million eggs and sold over 1.3 million chicks.
I grew up in Orfordville, WI on a small steer farm. I moved to Janesville in 2008 to be closer to work. I graduated from Blackhawk Technical College in 2009 with a degree in Criminal Justice & a Dental Assistant Certification. I enjoy sports, hunting, fishing & spending time with my husband Nick and my son Landon.
Hey!!!! I’m Rachel Atherton and I am the Global Marketing Director here at MacFarlane Pheasants! I started July 2013 and I’m here to answer any pheasant food questions you may have and hopefully sell you some of our delicious pheasant. I also help with our ‘IT’ needs so we can keep all our systems running correctly.
I’m originally from Clinton, Iowa. I graduated from Monmouth College with a degree in International Business with an emphasis in Marketing. I studied/lived in Paris for a semester! After college, I moved to Durango, Colorado to live the dream and ski/snowboard my heart out. I now live in Madison, Wisconsin and enjoy it very much.
I love to ski, snowboard, play hockey, hike, bike and travel the world! I have two cats; Genevieve and Telluride…someday soon I'll have an Alaskan Malamute! I love spending time with family and friends and obviously enjoying the outdoors!
Hi, my name is Sarah Pope. I am the General Manager and have lead all sales function of the farm as well as the Human Resources department. I came to MacFarlane Pheasants in January of 2010.
I grew up in Clinton, Wisconsin, and come from an agricultural background. I graduated in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a B.S. in Political Science. When I am not busy at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, trying new restaurants and boating.
My name is Troy Cisewski. I joined MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. in August of 2008 as the Brooder Manager. From the fall of 2012 to present, I currently manage the Breeder Farm and River Road Farm. My responsibilities include overseeing daily care of the breeder flock, egg collection process and coordinating staffing needs to insure all daily tasks are completed.
In 1999 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a major in Animal Science.
In the past year my wife and I were blessed with our first child Noah.
My name is Brad Lillie. I joined MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. in February of 2004 as the Assistant Chick Propagation Coordinator. In this role I act as the liaison between the sales staff and the hatchery to keep us all moving in the right direction. I also oversee the Food Products Division, and work with the genetic development of the white pheasants.
In 1996, I graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from West Virginia University. After college, I joined a large primary poultry breeder in upstate New York as a research coordinator. During this time I began working on my master's degree at night, and in December 2002 graduated from Syracuse University with an MBA in marketing management.
I grew up and lived most of my life in upstate New York, so moving to Wisconsin was a big step for my wife and I. So far things have been great, and I've enjoyed the challenges for MacFarlane Pheasants.
My name is Chris Theisen and I am the Production Manager for MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I have been working for the company since 1998. I oversee all aspects of bird production, including maintenance, transportation, and general farm operations.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a double major in Wildlife Management and Biology.
In my spare time, I enjoy numerous outdoor activities, with hunting and fishing topping the list.
Hi, my name is Ben Lawton. I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Poultry Science with a Natural Resources emphasis.
I have been employed with MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. since 1986 as the hatchery manager/breeder selection coordinator.
My name is Brian Klein, I have been at MacFarlane Pheasants for over 12 years. Currently I am overseeing our Milton farm and the Janesville staff that broods the chicks; Hungarian partridge, French partridge and pheasants. I am a UW-Stevens Point Grad (1994) in Resource Management.
I have been married to my wife Claudia for 16 years, we have two daughters Emily & Ellie. As a family we enjoy boating, skiing, and volleyball. I guide on Lake Michigan for trout and salmon in the summer, I hunt in the fall, ice fish in the winter and chase turkeys in the spring.
My name is Art Schumacher and I manage the maintenance and transportation departments at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I have been with MacFarlane Pheasants for 2 years.
I brought with me 28 years of logistics experience from my previous employer.
I was born and raised in Janesville, WI and have enjoyed this wonderful community. My wife Pam is a school social worker. We have four children. Two kids have graduated from college and two are currently attending college. I love to fish, golf, bike and rollerblade.
I’ve been working in this industry since the year 2000. I started off in a different company located about 10 miles away working hand in hand with MacFarlane. I spent 13 years learning the ropes there before I came to MacFarlane. Since arriving here I have served as Ben Lawton’s assistant in the hatchery, teamed with Brian Davis to run the brooder crew and now serve as Chris Theisen’s assistant as well as supervise the process crew. Our duties include, but are not limited to; moving birds out of the brooder houses at 6-7 weeks of age, peeping the birds in the barns at 5 weeks of age and our biggest job, catching all the mature birds for shipments along with loading the trucks prior to departure. We do many other things as well, but these are our biggest jobs and what we spend the bulk of our time doing.
I’m married with 3 little girls, so that’s where most of my free time goes. I also enjoy watching sports, playing poker and taking in the occasional movie.
Hello! My name is Shayne Noller. I am currently the Food Products Manager here at MacFarlane Pheasants. I have been with the company since June of 2006. I was originally hired as a flight pen manager where I spent the better part of a decade caring for and shipping mature hunt birds.
I was born in Ft. Myers Florida and grew up in Caledonia Wisconsin which is a rural community in Racine county. I spent a lot of my time as a youth at my family farm on the shores of Lake Michigan. I attended J.I. Case High School in Racine and am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where I studied various subjects including industrial hygiene and safety protocol.
I now live in Elkhorn, Wi and in my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my wife Jessica who is a high school teacher in Lake Geneva, my son Cole, and my daughter Isla. I also like camping, riding my fat bike, and gardening. I also hold the title of best ice fisherman at MacFarlane Pheasants and spend most of the winter on the lakes.
My name is Trudy DeRemer and I grew up in Sandusky, MI; where my family still resides. I moved to Janesville, WI in January 2004 after accepting the Assistant Brooder Manager position here at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. I am now acting as the Research Manager and have also helped out in the Hungarian and French Redleg Partridge areas. I have a BS degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University and a Certificate in Poultry from UW Madison and the Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence.
I met my husband, Tim, in June 2007 and we were married in September 2011. We have two dogs that we treat as our children and both own and ride Harley Davidson motorcycles.
In my spare time I enjoy teaching various formats of Zumba, Super Sculpt, and R.I.P.P.E.D. fitness classes with FitPro Services, LLC. I also enjoy reading, learning, spending time with my family in MI, taking tropical vacations where I enjoy scuba diving, and of course spending time with my husband and dogs.
Hi, my name is Sarah Baker. I joined MacFarlane Pheasant Inc. in April 2013 as an Assistant Manager for the Hun and Hen barn. As of January 2014, I manage the Food Products Building and as of the fall of 2015 I moved to the office.
I grew up in Albany, WI and currently live in Evansville WI. I went to Carroll University and received a BS degree in Biology with an emphasis in animal behavior and two Minors one in Physiology and Small Business Management. Most of my spare time is spent with my husband Nick and Daughters Gracelynn and Cora. I also enjoy gardening, camping and spending time with friends and family.
Hi, I’m Brian Davis. I joined the MacFarlane staff in the spring of 2012 working with the “Pen Crew.” Currently, I am the Brooder Manager, where I oversee the young birds in barns from day one until the birds go outside to the flight pens.
I grew up in Williams Bay, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduating with a degree in Fisheries Management. After five years working in the fisheries field, I changed directions to give game birds a try. I currently live in Edgerton with my wife, who is a 3rd grade teacher. In my free time I like to fish, hunt, wood carve, and spend time with my English Cocker, “Kipling.” I am also constantly searching to add to my antique hunting and fishing collection.
Hi my name is Ryan George, I started at MacFarlane Pheasants in the Fall of 2008 working in the maintenance department.
I am currently the Food Products Manager.
I work with all aspects of meat bird production from hatching to sales, which includes overseeing our white bird farm in Jefferson, WI.
I also handle the crop production and special projects at MacFarlane Pheasants.
My family consists of Amy and our children Kaela and Samuel. We live on and operate our 130 acre farm where we have a registered Angus herd. I am also a director on the Rock County Fair Board and volunteer as an auctioneer for many charity events across the Midwest.
Hi, My name is James Clark. I currently hold the position of Hunt Division-Outside Sales. I grew up on the game bird industry. I bought my parents game farm and hunting preserve (established 1941), Blonhaven in 1978.
For the following 34 years I grew the farm from raising 5,000 pheasants annually to 100,000 by retirement. I also operated Wisconsin’s oldest hunt club until the sale in 2006. During this time I developed a close working relationship with MacFarlane Pheasants including purchasing all of my day old chix.
Upon retirement I worked for the MacFarlane enterprise as a liaison, troubleshooter and mentor on site in Wisconsin. After my second retirement in 2013 I have come back to the company in much of the same capacity adding customer relations, sales and consultation to my duties. The company sends me out to different areas of the country or to a particular client as the needs arise.
I served as president of NAGA, president of the Wisconsin Game Preserve Association as well as several years on the board of directors of both organizations. In addition I have spoke at many conferences and seminars relating to all aspects of the game bird industry.