Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Month: February, 2015

Meanwhile, back home….

….our English partner, Gavin Hunter, continues to breed exceptional bulls.  In fact, he probably sells more Devon bulls than any other breeder. His great cow, Tilbrook Cashtiller, had an unbroken string of three top sellers in the Devon show and sale.  And now her daughter, Cashtiller 10th, is carrying the flag.  Here’s her son, Tilbrook […]

Like grandma…like grandson….

….as regular readers know, we’ve been checking the performance of the animals we’ve imported from England via embryo transplants. Our leading lady in England, of course, is Tilbrook Cashtiller…the three-time national grand champion bred by Gavin Hunter.  She’s also the dam four years running of the top-priced bulls in the Devon Society’s annual sales.  Her son, raised […]

The “romance” of farming….

The waiting game….

….begins again!  And this time with added suspense!  Embryologist Dr. Jim Evans implants English embryos into our cows….always a bit nerve-wracking but particularly since these little ones were tied up in England for almost three years because of a mystery virus that hit a number of herds and sheep flocks. Looking on are Jane Narrimore […]

Bob Simon, R.I.P…..

….an old colleague, good reporter and good man died overnight.  Bob Simon of CBS News was killed in a New York City car crash after cheating death many times as a war correspondent.  We were last together at a reunion of old Viet Nam reporters just over a month ago and I’m particularly grateful I was able […]

Here’s the recipe….

….for that Maple Mustard Ham Steak with Sherry-Raisin Sauce.  Son-in-law Bill found it in the  “Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook.” 1 cup apple cider 1/3 cup dry sherry 1/4 cup raisins 3 Tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon unsalted butter 4 teaspoons country-style Dijon mustard 1 pound ham steak + preheat the broiler, coat broiler pan […]