Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Month: October, 2015

Not only falling leaves….

….but calves.  And it’s good to have Wooz riding shotgun again as we move in to tag a heifer’s brand new calf…a sturdy young bull.  Couldn’t help remember the old Angus days when we’d have to be sure mom was a long way off…preferably on the other side of a big fence…when we were tagging […]

End of an era….

….the Jackpot era.  At Thistle Hill, anyway.  Jackpot being sized up by Charles Blankenship of Day Spring Farm in Altamont, Tennessee.  As Jackpot loomed up in the morning haze, I heard Charles exclaim to himself:  Wow!   About two minutes later, he owned him. Jackpot is a son of Rotokawa 243….Ken McDowall’s favorite bull.  We […]


….the Thistle Hill Halloween decorations are up! Spooky picture by Duane Ard.

Just sayin’….

Thanks Duane Ard.

The Alpha and the Omega….

….it was one of those days that makes raising Devon both a joy and so fulfilling.  We had checked the young mother-to-be a few hours earlier.  Nothing.  After a few errands, we went back out….and there was the latest addition to our herd.  The hour or so old heifer cleaned up and waiting to be […]

There’s no place like home…2…

….our farm manager Duane Ard has had a remarkable string of beautiful photographs recently…all taken with his cell phone…all taken on our farm.  On our first date, and knowing my wandering nature, Wooz told me firmly:  “I want to make one thing clear…I will never leave this farm!” Yesterday, one of those moments.  A young […]

Words to live by….

….from grandson, Sergei’s, Facebook page.  (this is me keeping an eye on you, Sergei!)

There’s no place like home…..

….we have some special places we like to visit:  the Cotswolds, Tuscany, Provence.  But when we look around, we are content right here.  This picture is of an adjacent property the family purchased a few years ago….the Thistle Hill east pasture is across the road…and the Blue Ridge mountains beyond that. Photo by Duane Ard.

The cycle begins again….

….with our first calf of the season….a Traditional Devon™ bull calf, TDA 20.  He’s an adventuresome fellow.  Here, just a half day old, and he’s returning from a jaunt about 500 yards from his mother.  She waited by our Gator as he sauntered back across the field. The dam is TDA Cashtiller 2, daughter of […]

Behind the scenes…..

….many, though probably not most, consumers of grass fed beef know the right questions to ask a farmer to be sure they’re getting the “real thing”.  The problem is most consumers don’t know their farmer, which is why we think buying “local” is just as important as buying “grass fed”. Simply put:  a good deal […]