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…doing what comes naturally

Category: Beef

The time capsule…

…F212 carries genetics from many of the milestones in the 20-year history of Thistle Hill Devon. 212 is the daughter of Lakota 180…a natural daughter who until she died recently at the age of 19, had produced some of our best bull calves. So when 212 came along we grabbed her and now have great […]

Meat sales soar…

…according to a survey of supermarket and on-line buying.  Meat during this pandemic year has gained about 20% in sales volume…it’s now 35% of the food dollar and twice as much as chicken. https://www.supermarketnews.com/meat/meat-sales-reach-record-highs-2020-increasing-192 It’s interesting that on-line sales have really increased while at the same time people are more concerned about healthy food. Now […]

What’s the difference…

..between Grassfed and grass-finished beef?  From time to time we allude to the benefits of Thistle Hill’s grass-finished beef…but the labels are confusing and the USDA does it’s utmost to confuse the issue to the benefit of Big Ag. So we thought we’d reprint an article that does a fair and balanced treatment of the […]

A new wrinkle…

…to cooking steaks.  Church introduced me to grilling on a soap stone.  It’s pretty simple and pretty much guarantees even cooking. We cooked a filet and two boneless strip steaks…all from a 10-year old cow.  Tenderness and the flavor could not have been better!  We have pretty well satisfied ourselves that for our personal eating […]

A refresher course…

In grass finished versus grain finished beef. An increasing number of people seem to be turning away from industrialized beef and trying the grass finished version.  Farmers too are increasingly marketing their own products…not willing to accept the take-it-or-leave-it pricing of the national processors. Just a few…like Walter Jeffries in Vermont, Joel Salatin in Virgina […]

Another convert to…

…sous vide cooking.  The young son of a friend recently was given a sous vide cooker for his birthday.  His very first attempt at a ribeye steak (grass fed if not Thistle Hill) was a smashing success. Incidentally, if you’re one of those who prefer your meat more well done. Your just increase the settings […]

Proud mother…

…and son.  The bull calf is now a week old and shows promise. He certainly has the pedigree:  his grandmother was the great Tilbrook Cashtiller…who dominated English show rings for many years.  And for three years running her bull calves topped the sales! We think the sire was from another well-known line, Champson Defender.  But […]

At the heart of our herd…

TDA7, daughter of the great Tilbrook Cashtiller who is still the finest cow of any breed we’ve ever seen!  We flushed Cashtiller twice in England and nine years ago TDA7 was born here along with five sisters and two brothers. TDA7, like her mama, has aged gracefully…udders still as correct as a three-year-old. Our friend […]

The Thistle Hill Alumni Club…

…and a recent graduate…Equinox.  He’s a combination of our top English lines. Equinox is not quite two years old and at 900 pounds has a lot of growth yet to come.  But he went right to work covering the herd at Spring Pastures farm in Maryland. The Equinox pedigree includes such top names as Falcon, […]

King David reigns…

…over the American part of our herd anyway.  He is now in his third year and making stunning growth…300 pounds and 2.5 more inches scrotal growth…in recent months. King David is the result of crossing one of our pure English bulls with an American cow.  The idea was to mate the best to the best…hoping […]