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Category: England

English update….

The bull calf on the left is out of a Tulip dam, a line that goes back as far as there have been herd books in Britain…about 170 years. He’s definitely a “comer”; love his head and muzzle! The heifer on the right is out of Bribery. Church spotted her dam on his first trip […]

Lord of the manor…

TDA Churchill was the first bull we developed in our pure English Devon project and we now have about a dozen of his progeny in our herd. Churchill’s dam was the best Devon cow we ever saw.  She was national grand champion three years running until her breeder, Gavin Hunter of Tilbrook  Grange, took pity […]

Looking for volunteers….

….and here they are from the main herd. A big week at Thistle Hill as we implant embryos from the two heifers we purchased in England.  There are four more waiting in another pasture….young cows who’ve had just one or two calves. Again, we’re congratulating ourselves for choosing Red Devon some years ago….they are calm and […]

Eat. More. Fat.

….they’re having the same difficulty in England as here in the States….breaking down the “settled science” that fat makes you fat.  In fact, the right fat makes you thin…and healthy. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/672772/eat-more-fat-Britain-obesity-health-epidemic-cholesterol-NHS

Heat checking….

….as we get ready to implant our latest embryos from England.  We’re using our best cows for this project.  The CIDRs were pulled just last weekend and this was the first time we could detect heat. Of the 16 cows we’re prepping, 10 came into heat today.  Eight days from that point we’ll be implanting the embryos […]

It’s become a ritual for the past year….

….to end our work-day with a glass of wine and the latest episode of a lovely British t-v series “Lark Rise to Candleford”.  The show is a lovely profile of an English hamlet and village in Oxfordshire at the close of the 19th century.  Change is coming….”progress”….and it evokes mixed emotions from the residents, who see […]

Thistle Hill East….revisited….

….the other day we featured our young cow “Bribery” at Bovine Genetics near Cambridge.  Actually the village is called “Bishops Itchington”.  (Much of the fun in England is in the town names.)  Now here is ” Ashott Barton Tulip“, who has also completed flushing.  Scroll down below the picture for more information. A second shipment […]

Thistle Hill East….

….a clinic near Oxford, England where one of our heifers has just completed flushing.  Fifteen embryos will soon be on their way to Virginia.  She’s descended from the famed Champson Bribery by way of Ashott Barton Farm near Exford.  Her breeder was Shiamala Comer, one of our original Traditional Devon™ associates. Sadly, “Shi” has now […]

A year end report….

….not from us, but from our English colleague and Cornwall correspondent, Juliet Cleave.  Juliet and husband Chris are partners in our Traditional Devon™ project and in recent years their hard work has vaulted their Kew herd to the very top of Devon farms…anywhere. This year-end video doesn’t begin to do Kew Devons justice….but will give […]

Here comes the judge….

….our good friend from Cornwall, Ivan Rowe, was out on the show circuit again this week…judging the Launceston show.  And our Cornwall lass Juliet Cleave was there, too, and snapped this picture. We would guess Ivan has judged more cattle and more breeds than just about anyone.  And for the story of his own herd, […]