Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Month: December, 2013

From our house to yours…..


A bacon explosion!

I yield to no man in my love of bacon!  (As long as it is Tamworth bacon!) But these folks do seem to be carrying their passion a bit far.  You may want to file this away for warmer weather.

Why didn’t we do this sooner?

Workmen lower a propane tank into place to power Thistle Hill’s new 20kw emergency generator.  Until now we’ve made do with an older and smaller version that could not supply all our appliances, particularly 5 freezers, at the same time. Just as bad was walking down the hill to the pump house when there was snow […]

I’m from the government…..

  …and I’m here to protect you.  Not! The USDA is announcing a plan to open our markets to cattle and beef from Brazil….despite the fact that that country is plagued by Foot and Mouth Disease…the most deadly disease that can infect cattle. Apparently the plan is to chop down the prices US cattlemen have […]

‘Tis the season….

an entry in a Christmas parade in England.  (from the Farmers Weekly)  

Milestone (continued)….

….we mentioned in the previous post that there are two English heifers being bred in South Carolina (at Walkers Century Farms).  This is one, TDA 03. Her dam, Tilbrook Cashtiller….who recently passed away….swept all the English competitions.  Her equally outstanding sire, Cutcombe Jaunty, is also no longer with us. So we have, indeed, accomplished a […]

A Traditional Devon milestone….

….readers of this blog know that Thistle Hill, in cooperation with two other American breeders, has been selecting the best of pure English genetics (semen and embryos) and importing them.  The project is now 3 years old and our first heifers have finally been delivered to the vet for breeding. The heifers are out of […]

243…the formal portrait…

….well, actually we liked the one we ran the other day, 243 fresh from work, splattered with mud and head covered with hay. But Ken McDowell cleaned him up so here’s New Zealand’s finest: Rotokawa 243. Ken’s not saying but that fact that he went to all this trouble and gussied him up and put a […]

What more could you want….

….a nice warm bed in the center of the action with Mom nearby. Actually, it’s pretty common for calves to plop themselves down in the middle of a hay ring in the winter….particularly when there’s snow or ice on the ground.  These two calves are a month old by Thistle Hill Reality. There’ve been times […]

Back in service….

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