Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

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Category: David

Ahead of the storm…

…Church is seeding clover just ahead of our most recent snow storm. For our “civilian” readers, the clover serves several important purposes: It provides additional forage during the summer slump in the grass growing season. It counter-balances the toxic effect of the endophyte which is more prevalent in fescue in the summer. And it fixes […]

Bill Gates…devil or…

…conspirator. Gates is by no means the first well-meaning billionaire to float his save-the-world schemes.  And in the process cause as much harm as good. Not surprisingly he has a technological solution for everything and that has put him cross-wise with the regenerative ag movement. Gates’ recommendation now that rich nations all abandon meat for […]

A bunch of hams…

…is what we’re raising…not baby beeves! I’d swear whenever Church unlimbers his iPhone our calves “assume the position” and proud mama poses in the background! THF 3 is a young heifer combining four of our pure traditional English Devon bloodlines: Tilbrook Cashtiller, Cutcombe Jaunty, Essington Buttercup and Ashott Barton Falcon. I’ve said before that I […]

A new arrival…

…and making it easier to check out Thistle Hill Devon…is this Kawasaki Mule four-wheeler. She seats six comfortably and in just a few days we’ll be adding an enclosed cabin and heater! Visiting Thistle Hill has never been more pleasant…year around! David

The more things change…

…the more alike they seem. And the more Monsanto…the chemical giant…gets its tentacles into the White House…left or right. We try to stay non-partisan here, but Biden’s new Agriculture Secretary is warmed-over bad news! https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/back-future-tom-mr-monsanto-vilsack-part-i David

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 […]

It’s a pretty scene…

…we don’t like to see. Thistle Hill has turned into one giant hockey rink following last weekend’s snow storm.  The snow was capped off with a combination of sleet and some melting…and the resulting ice cap is the one thing cows can’t graze through. We spotted extra bales of hay throughout our pastures so feed […]

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 […]

It’s maybe not the Riviera…

…our pigs don’t know the difference. Here they’re soaking up the rays on an unseasonable winter day at Thistle Hill.  Actually pigs do have to worry about sunburn.  That’s one of the reason they wallow in the mud! David

This just in…and I’m bursting with grandfatherly pride…

…Church had just been accepted into the veterinary school at Cornell University! For the past two years, he’s been running Thistle Hill Farm and its herd of purebred Devon. All the while he’s pursed a graduate degree in biology at George Mason University. Before that he was graduated from Denison University in Ohio. If that […]