Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

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Category: Bulls

Breakfast at Thistle Hill…

…and Churchill qualifies as an “eager eater”! He’s also the senior bull in our herd…still active in his 10th year.  Churchill is descended from the great Tilbrook Cashtiller who along with Cutcombe Jaunty were the first building blocks of our traditional pure English Devon herd. And here’s another good-looking herdmate, Essington, from Brian Drake’s former […]

DNA confirms it…

THF 1 is indeed an off-spring of the great English bull Champson Defender. He’s the second bull in partially obscured by an American herdmate.  Again note the difference in coloring of a pure traditional English animal versus the American variety! This was Church’s first try at artificial insemination and it’s a great success for the […]

Christmas morning treats…

…at a customers home. Reserve you bacon now by contacting Church. Thistle Hill bacon is above the rest…he said modestly. …and a Christmas morning treat for the venerable Highwayman. He gets a year off and his very own bale of hay while we test his younger full brother in this year’s heifers! David

Christmas gift…

A Christmas gift for TDA 35… …his very own set of two-year old heifers! We start breeding our heifers about one month ahead of the main herd.  That, and holding off until they’re 2+, makes it a little easier on young, still growing females.  It also increases the percentage of successful rebreeding. TDA 35 is […]

Heading out on assignment…

…a young pure traditional Devon bull out of Ashott Barton Tulip. F100 is 25 months old and just passed his breeding soundness test.  His assignment is an easy one…servicing three young cows we sold bred to Paul and Lauren Rohwer in Ijamsville, Maryland plus a few others. Those Thistle Hill heifers have all calved and […]

The three latest…

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 […]