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Category: Cashtiller

Like grandma…like grandson….

….as regular readers know, we’ve been checking the performance of the animals we’ve imported from England via embryo transplants. Our leading lady in England, of course, is Tilbrook Cashtiller…the three-time national grand champion bred by Gavin Hunter.  She’s also the dam four years running of the top-priced bulls in the Devon Society’s annual sales.  Her son, raised […]

Recent arrivals…

….at Thistle Hill. In the background, an English Traditional Devon™ heifer just brought up from the recip farm in Georgia.  She’s a Cashtiller/Jaunty 8-month old beauty.  In the foreground, a ™bull calf born here a few weeks ago to TDA 4.  And the sire was Ashott-Barton Falcon. Here’s where it gets complicated, so pay attention:  […]

Made in the USA….

….Traditional Devon America™ reached another milestone with the birth of this little bull calf.  TDA is a partnership of three American breeders focused on importing traditional English Red Devon genetics to the United States. The dam of this calf….one of the first English embryos conceived at a clinic in Oxford and the daughter of two […]

A Traditional Devon update….

….just back from a trip to South Carolina and Georgia, looking at the latest British imports.  This heifer is two weeks old, a product of Essington’s Buttercup and our herd bull, Millennium Falcon.  Essington has been closed down now so we’re fortunate to have saved genetics from that grand old herd developed by Brian Drake. […]

Stealing in….

…under cover of darkness. Traditional Devon America’s final calf in this class…TDA 15.  She’s a Tillbrook Cashtiller heifer by Cutcombe Jaunty.  We did very well we think.  All nice, thick calves with deep Ruby Red coats.  Three heifers; three bulls.

Meet TDA 10….

….over at Traditional Devon America we welcomed another excellent Tilbrook Cashtiller daughter over the weekend.  Sire was Cutcombe Jaunty. As the number indicates, our English project now has 10 calves: four bulls and six females.  It’s been a painfully slow process, dealing with the ramifications of both TB and the Schmallenberg virus which has closed […]

Where to begin….

….well, to coin a phrase, “start at the beginning”.  Posting has been non-existent for almost a month, but not because there’s been nothing to report.  It’s breeding season and Wooz here discusses strategy with our vet, Dr. Monica O’Brien. AI comes first, and we’re using two sires across some of our best cows:  Traditional Devon’s […]

Milestone (continued)….

….we mentioned in the previous post that there are two English heifers being bred in South Carolina (at Walkers Century Farms).  This is one, TDA 03. Her dam, Tilbrook Cashtiller….who recently passed away….swept all the English competitions.  Her equally outstanding sire, Cutcombe Jaunty, is also no longer with us. So we have, indeed, accomplished a […]

A Traditional Devon milestone….

….readers of this blog know that Thistle Hill, in cooperation with two other American breeders, has been selecting the best of pure English genetics (semen and embryos) and importing them.  The project is now 3 years old and our first heifers have finally been delivered to the vet for breeding. The heifers are out of […]

The Cashtiller legacy….

….we mentioned the passing of Tilbrook Cashtiller the other day but also the fact that Traditional Devon America has some of her calves on the ground.  This is TDA3 at Walker Century Farms in South Carolina.  (click on picture to enlarge) Her sire is Cutcombe Jaunty….another English great….and the result is a “meatier” animal than […]