Address: 2340 Conner Station Road, Simpsonville KY 40067 / (502) 722-2997
Grass - Fed
Animal Welfare Approved
About Us / Swallow Rail Farm History: My family moved to Swallow Rail Farm in 1979 when I was ten years old and my husband Andy and I returned in 2003 as the sole proprietors. We wanted to use the land to raise food which naturally progressed to raising meat protein. The evolution took us from fruit (we raise blueberries, figs and pears) to eggs to lamb and pastured poultry. We raise Ky Grazed lamb, poultry and eggs on pasture; we are Animal Welfare Approved on all species and love what we do.
Our laying hens are free ranging with a secure barn for nighttime roosting. Additional protection for everyone is courtesy of our Maremma and Great Pyrenees; the Katahdin sheep and their lambs rotate throughout the farm using electronet fencing. We love tall grass. The Freedom Rangers- broilers raised to 10 weeks- are down rotating in the nut grove.
We learn something new each season and continually perfect our operation of day to day chores. The biggest challenge is predator control and have found that the Livestock Guardian Dogs have sealed the deal on that, at least with ground level predation. Managing parasites with the sheep is also something we pay close attention to using FAMACHA and daily observation.
I have developed a close relationship with my animals, my butcher and our customers which reinforces transparency and quality control because I can account for the entire life of the food we produce.For example, I collect the eggs, washed them, deliver them to our CSA members; I pick the blueberries; feed the broilers and watch my butcher make mild lamb chorizo. There is no guess work in our product because it is just me and Andy controlling the dispensation of our work. We love our animals and work hard to keep them alive and well until the time comes when they become valued food.