Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Month: June, 2016

Traditional Devon update….

…..the principals of Traditional Devon™ got together this past week to review progress…and here’s an example:  TDA 23.  She’s an Essington Park Buttercup embryo daughter by Ashott Barton Millennium Falcon.  She’s just five months old but this is what we’ve been working for. English breeders Brian Drake (who provided the dam) and Shiamala Comer (who provided the […]

At the end of the day….

….the sun sets over the Blue Ridge mountains.  Photo by our daughter, Carolyn Matthews.  

True….actually….

….in fact, raising beef is better for the planet than growing vegetables.  The real threat is cultivating crops the conventional way.

Thistle Hill Alumni Club….

….has opened a new branch at Franchesca’s Dawn Farm near Halifax, VA.  Not long ago Amie Herrara purchased one of herd bulls—U2—and here are the first results.  Amie was worried that one of her heifers was too small to successfully calve, but U2 handled the assignment. Amie writes:  “we’ve been pleased with them all!  The […]

The proof is in….

….the progeny! Traditional Devon™ Churchill continues to turn out splendid calves both here at Thistle Hill and at Bill and Nancy Walker’s Century Farms at Anderson, South Carolina….where this young lady is pictured. Churchill was the very first embryo calf we imported six years ago and he’s had trial runs now at both farms.  Today […]

Texas floods….

….it’s not only the human tragedy.  Lois Ayelstock of Blue Ridge Meats has a link to some dramatic footage of cattle fighting for their lives. https://www.facebook.com/FoxNews/videos/10154336454526336/  

Thistle Hill alumni club….

….THF Red Lad X3, though his current owners Brooke Henley and Tom Garnett call him “Reddy” for short.  He’s been at the heart of the grass fed beef  business that Brook and Tom’s Spring Pastures Farm near Middletown, Maryland has been developing.  You can see why they love him and why he’s one of our favorite bulls. […]

We knew her “when”….

….Thistle Hill is fortunate in the company it gets.  I guess it’s because we try so many things and have become a real world laboratory.  We’ve hosted visitors from around the world and learned from them all. One who stopped by last year was Sarah Flack, a young forage expert.  She was writing a book […]