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Category: Breeding

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 […]

Here they come…

…our first calf of the season is a pure traditional English Devon…THF 1.  He’s an 80-pound baby bull. The mom is from our great Cashtiller line…the cow that won three straight national championships over there. The sire is a mystery though. The calf may be the result of an AI with Champson Defender or the […]

Awaiting the final grade…

…in just a few weeks. For the first time our bull sire battery will be joined by Thistle Hill Essington…a pure traditional English Devon bull. Essington will have to wait though for the first group of calves to finish…that will be this year’s AI group and the first by our grandson Church. Essington will have […]

The Rotokawa renewal…

…takes a big jump with the purchase of about 100 straws of the top bulls ever produced by Ken McDowall. They’re all here…688, 667, 982 and all the others in a purchase Church just concluded with veteran breeder Don Minto in Rhode Island.  Don was in the group that first imported Rotokawa heifers and his […]

Two little girls are we…

…on a foggy morning.  Both are about 18 months out of American Devon dams…but their English sires have had an impact! The heifer on the left is out of my personal favorite…R2…an almost after-thought purchase and a cow that was a trouble free producer of great calves for 15 years.  This will be her last […]

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 […]