Caveny Farm is a family owned business located just north of Monticello, Illinois. Started by John and Connie Caveny in 1987, the farm focuses primarily on pasture raised poultry and lamb. Our breeds were selected for their ability to thrive outside on pasture and most importantly, for their taste. All of our poultry are fed custom formulated feed to compliment the nutrients found in our pastures and all birds are raised without hormones or antibiotics.
Heritage turkeys are the mainstay of Caveny Farm which is known for its Bourbon Red birds. Recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1909, Bourbon Red turkeys are handsome birds with brownish to dark red plumage, and white flight and tail feathers. Bourbon Reds do not grow as large as a double breasted, white, commercial turkey but are instead known for their rich, flavorful meat.
Caveny Farm also raises Katahdin sheep, a breed of hair sheep originating in the Caribbean, the British Islands, and the state of Maine. Katahdin are hardy, low maintenance sheep that produce superior lamb crops. Unlike wool sheep, they do not need shearing. They have an undercoat of fine wooly fibers that becomes very thick in cold weather, and naturally sheds as temperature and day length increase. Most importantly, Katahdins produce a high quality meat that is naturally lean and known for its exceptional, mild flavor.
Three generations now work on the farm. While John and Connie still live and work on the farm, they have started to transition the farm to their daughter, Betsy Barnick and her family.