Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: Breeding

We’ve calved 21…

Falling behind…

…with calves coming faster than we can post them…or tag them! THF 15 (top photo) comes jammed with many of our best pure traditional English genetics…Ashott-Barton, Goldings, Cutcombe, Essington Park. He’s a 75-pound bull calf out of our English herd. THF 16 (middle photo) is a 65-pound heifer destined for our American herd. Her dam […]

Making it hard on us…

…this veteran cow went to the farthest point of the farthest pasture to have her calf. Riparian areas are great—and we have them all over Thistle Hill—but it makes it tough to find new calves.  The mothers are often no help…looking in a direction away from their baby, I’m sure to mislead us! This dam, […]

An overnight delivery…

…not sure how Church managed to find this one in the dark, but he did!  And he’s special too. His working number is 12 and he’s out of Church’s personal cow…a gift from his grandmother on our last trip to England. The original dam was Ashott Barton Tulip, purchased by Wooz and then taken to […]

Multiple blessings…

…7, 8, 9! These three came in a bunch a week ago.  But THF 7 was camera shy and we waited until we had pictures of all three. THF 7 and 8 are bull calves…7 out of a cow in our American herd; 8 is traditional English.  So is 9…a smallish heifer. All three were […]

Today’s blessing…

…a little heifer THF 11…weighing 70 pounds. She’s a three-quarter English calf and was an elusive little girl…still needs a tag. The ratio is still tipped heavily in favor of bulls though…8 to 3. David

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 […]

The latest arrival…

…a combination of an English bull with the best of our American herd.  Dam THF U3 and sire from the wonderful old Essington herd in England. Wooz and I were just getting started in Devon and visiting Lakota Ranch when I saw the grandmother of this little guy being born!  I asked for her on […]

A tale of two cows…

…our first heifer calf finally…THF 3…posing with her two mamas. The birth mother is on the left…TDA04…a pure traditional English Devon.  The other cow is a young cow whose calf was born stillborn earlier in the day. TDA15 wandered around lost until this baby came along.  Whether she thinks it’s hers or just wants to […]

Our latest mama…

…is one of our favorites heifers and she’s handling motherhood like an old pro. The baby is a 70-pound bull calf…a blend of our American “2” line with the English bull Highwayman.  The “2’s” were always Wooz’ favorite and Highwayman’s grandsire was England’s famed Millennium.  Mama is camped out a safe distance from the herd […]