Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Month: July, 2014

What we did on our summer vacation….

….visited Devon farms, of course.  And there’s none prettier than John and Patsy Forelle’s “Folly Farm” near Pine Planes, New York.  You may remember it as the scene of the glamorous closing banquet of the then-new North American Devon Association.         John and I served on the NADA board for several years […]

Driving a steak (sic) through the heart….

….of the fat and cholesterol nonsense. This week’s Dr. Joseph Mercola column sums up all the recent research on saturated fats and cholesterol and concludes we’ve been “had”.  Natural saturated fats are great for you….and so are high cholesterol numbers!  What? The real villain, of course, is sugar! So who sold us the bill of goods?  […]

In case you were wondering (I wasn’t)….

….somebody was, though, and decided to find out what a cow would look like after a visit to the beauty parlor.  Shampoo and blow dry, please.  

A piece of cake….

….the folks at North American Breeders wondered if this young English Devon bull had the experience to mount a bigger steer in the middle of a barn…no restraints for either.  They needn’t have worried. Traditional Devon’s™ Highwayman acted like he could do it all day….but it only took several times to gather enough semen.  And […]

As we were saying….

….we’ve been warning that you’re making a mistake if you buy pork or chicken these days at a restaurant or supermarket.  Most likely it was “Made in China”…although it’s not required to carry a label. The Chinese simply don’t have the same health standards as our own (a pretty low bar) and Big Ag and […]


….testing.  We have bred three of our Traditional Devon™ America English bulls to American cows now….part of developing a track record on our imported genetics. Here are two by either TDA Churchill or TDA Wellington….we’re not sure which…the DNA people aren’t even sure.  We hadn’t anticipated that problem dealing with flush mates.  But we’re sure […]

Is the USDA sustainable….

….one of my favorite websites is the work of Paul and Gabe Brown…..holistic ranchers just outside Bismarck, North Dakota.  Recently they linked to an article in a Yale publication that does the best job I’ve seen so far of explaining the way Big Ag and Big Government are chasing their tails….trying to get ahead of […]