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 […]
When it comes to swine dining, it’s as true as ever that you can’t fatten the pig on market day. Roasting pigs is a time-honored, and always well-attended past time that takes a good bit of preparation and know how to pull off. Here at Cove Creek Farm, we’ve put in the time with our […]
Quick answer: it ranges between about 650 and 1300 calories depending on the amount of protein and fat. Lower fat meats have less calories. To meet your daily calorie needs on just meat, most people would need to eat between 1 and 2lbs of meat per day. There are many people who feel best on […]
At Cove Creek farm we raise three heritage breeds: Large Black, Gloucester Old Spot, and the Mule Foot.
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…)
Raising chickens outdoors on pasture has a multitude of benefits, one of which includes a mouth-watering eating experience. Chickens raised on pasture and rotated daily have access to fresh grasses, legumes, and weeds. In addition to the access to fresh forages, our chickens love to chase and consume bugs. Chickens are omnivores, and foraging for […]
At Cove Creek Farm we believe that beef is the most complete single source of nutrition for maximum energy and overall well being (see the paper below). We are proud to raise our cattle completely on lush grass (with hay supplementation in the winter if necessary) in a natural environment. We rotate our cattle daily […]
In December of 2018, we purchased an old dairy farm in Monteagle, TN to be able to expand our herd. The location of the farm is excellent and the soil fertility is in decent shape but we noticed that there were only a few dominate species of forage growing. In particular, fescue dominated most of […]