The smell of peppers and onions cooking on the stove top is a smell that brings me back to my childhood. It is the signature smell of my moms cooking, so much so, that my wife used to say that the first thing she thought of when visiting my parents was the sausage, peppers, and […]
If you are ever in a pinch and need a quick appetizer that is sure to please your family and friends look know further then these Sausage Cheddar bites. They are packed with protein and low on carbs which makes them excellent for those on a Keto or Paleo diet. The best part is you […]
Are you looking to make your own sausage pizza? Check out our recipe right here for making an Italian sausage that’s perfect as a topping on your next homemade pizza. On Friday nights, after the kids have put in a hard week at school, our favorite family tradition is to make pizza and watch a […]
Pigs happily foraging on pasture as the sun rises each morning always brings a smile to my face. Pigs in their natural habitat foraging for a large percentage of their diet plays an important part in our pasture restoration. Pigs are omnivores and enjoy eating grasses, legumes, and insects. We feed a fermented barley that […]
To be honest, we weren’t planning on raising pigs. However, we realized that producing the kind of healthy beef we wanted would take time to grow; to raise and finish a cow on grass alone takes about three years. In the meantime, we needed to generate an income and establish ourselves as a business while […]
We knew grass-finished cows would take a few years to grow and finish. In the meantime, we needed to establish our farm as a business and spread our name. Pastured laying hens provided us with farm-raised eggs to sell to customers looking for healthy proteins. Our first chickens were brooded on the back porch of […]
Our farm started with two kinds of cattle: Scottish Highlands and Texas Longhorns. We chose these breeds because of their browsing nature. They could bulk up on many different varieties of forage, including the briars and brush covering our property. The farm-to-be was an old logging property that was clear-cut about 10 years prior to […]
The sound of cattle happily chewing their cud while standing on pristine pasture after their daily move is one of the many reasons we choose to grass finish our cows and provide them with fresh pasture every day. Cattle in their natural habitat foraging for lush grasses, legumes, and forbs plays an important part in […]
At Cove Creek Farm we raise our chickens on pasture. Chickens are naturally omnivores and are happiest when out in the sunshine with room to roam. They get to eat grass, legumes, and insects. Their diet is supplemented with organic feed grown nearby in Kentucky. We feed our chickens the highest quality local feed because […]
At Cove Creek Farm we use rotational grazing to improve the health and productivity of the pasture.
What is Rotational Grazing?
For many who use rotational grazing, planned frequent movements of livestock on pasture, the goal is to use livestock as a tool to improve the soil and the forage diversity of the farms they manage. Instead of letting animals continuously graze down an entire pasture, the animals are herded into a section of the pasture for a short period of time. Many small farms raising grass-fed, grass-finished beef, lamb, goat, or pastured pigs and chickens, use rotational grazing techniques. The constant movement of animals in tightly packed herds with extended rest between grazings would have been natural for large herding animals. And as was the case in a more natural state, not just the land, but the animals’ health and the quality of meat ultimately produced are winners.(more…)