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…doing what comes naturally

Category: David

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 […]

Another convert to…

…sous vide cooking.  The young son of a friend recently was given a sous vide cooker for his birthday.  His very first attempt at a ribeye steak (grass fed if not Thistle Hill) was a smashing success. Incidentally, if you’re one of those who prefer your meat more well done. Your just increase the settings […]

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, […]

In support of a 50-year farm bill…

…by a giant in the field of regenerative agriculture.  No one has better captured the beauty of farming in sync with nature than Wendell Berry.  The Kentucky farmer, poet, writer and environmentalist writes in the Atlantic in support of the 50-year farm bill. https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/the-50-year-farm-bill/265099/ While Berry may stand alone in his wordcraft, I do want […]

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 […]

Multiple blessings…

…7, 8, 9! These three came in a bunch a week ago.  But THF 7 was camera shy and we waited until we had pictures of all three. THF 7 and 8 are bull calves…7 out of a cow in our American herd; 8 is traditional English.  So is 9…a smallish heifer. All three were […]

Today’s blessing…

…a little heifer THF 11…weighing 70 pounds. She’s a three-quarter English calf and was an elusive little girl…still needs a tag. The ratio is still tipped heavily in favor of bulls though…8 to 3. David

Just in time…

…for Thanksgiving.  The advance guard of a flock of wild turkeys crossing Thistle Hill farm. We’ve seen the return of a number of birds to the farm since we eliminated all “cides” about 20 years ago.  In fact there’s been an up-swing of all wildlife including our very own resident bear. Almost all our pastures […]

Lest we forget…

…pork is on the way.  Five pigs that look like they’ll be ready from now to Christmas. This year we’re raising mostly Berkshires…with some Tamworth thrown in.  Most pig growers seem to eventually settle on Berkshires for the flavor…and all-around performance. In the past we’ve favored Tamworth and Gloucester Old Spot, but we thought it […]