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Category: David

King of the hill…

…all English but made in the US! Our herd bull Essington…the result of a mating of Brian Drake’s Buttercup and Shiamala Comer’s Falcon…two leading English herds paired here thanks to embryo transplants. Essington is six years old. David

Update: Defender…

…who seems on track to become one of our key herd bulls. Right now Defender is on lease to the Rohwer’s Sun Eats Farm in Maryland.  Since he has taken charge Church has developed a thriving business supplying bulls to farms who can’t quite justify a full-time sire of their own. And of course it […]

What’s for dinner…

…a juicy beyond organic hormone and antibiotic free sirloin steak. Curt went overboard with his seasoning on this one: avocado oil and then a rub of black pepper, yellow mustard, coriander, lemon peel, garlic, celery seed, dill, Chile, cardamom, and salt! Lightly and quickly grilled. In a word:  delicious. David

Off to summer camp…

…go eight Thistle Hill yearling heifers.  Once again Mary Perrine and Don Ferro have volunteered their adjoining pastures. It’s a lovely setting at the base of Cobbler mountain and the girls and we appreciate the hospitality. The two farms get lawnmowers and entertainment for the grandchildren and the heifers get loving care and civilizing and […]

The waiting game…

…seems to be a subtitle for much of the year at Thistle Hill.  Right now we’ve confirmed the pregnancy of the cows we artificially inseminated(AI). A2a is one of the AI recipients.  She’s one of two carrying calves by Grantland Granite of John Forelle’s Folly Farm.  That herd was dispersed several years ago. Grantland was […]

The spring green-up…

…is well underway at Thistle Hill!  And Nala seems appreciative of the work we’ve done to improve the pastures. The over-seeding we did a year ago has really taken hold.  Perennial rye and and cereal rye and several clovers have all thickened our sward significantly.  Not apparent but a big contributing factor we feel certain […]

Hi-tech preg check…

…Dr Kiel Hausler of Rose Hill Vets using ultrasound to preg check one of our young cows. It’s a little more reliable predicting calving days and it has the added benefit of revealing the sex of the embryo. The wranglers are son Church to the left and son-in-law Curt to the right. Putting more than […]

Three little maids are we…

…enjoying a snack while their Moms are being preg checked. Actually they’re not entirely in the clear.  They’ll also being getting their shots tho that’s not the trauma their male counterparts have to endure.  This is also steering day! David

Just friends…

…we hope.  Our cover bull Prince…who is causing something of a stir in Devon circles…and is our cover bull this year. Prince is on the left…sharing some unrolled hay with a cow we hope he doesn’t get to friendly with.  WMD2 is the female…a cow we hope is carrying a Potheridge President embryo. The job […]

Ready to start…

…the main herd reporting for their preg check. The calves have been separated to be worked separately…vaccinations, dehorning, steering. Curt is the chief wrangler today…waiting for the signal to start bringing them in. David