Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: England

Just a quick tour…

…this past weekend.  (Warning: no pigs; they’re off at freezer camp) First stop the shipping pen where this four-year old bull is waiting for his ride to a commercial operation in southwest Virginia.  Clark Family farms have been good friends and customers for a number of years. The Clarks also selected one of our young […]

The butcher’s breed…

…was the name the English gave to the Devon.  That was because of the quality of Devon meat.  It was about that time that the leading English agriculturalist Robert Bakewell pronounced Devon the perfect cow…in no further need of refinement by crossing with other breeds. At Thistle Hill we have devoted our time and resources […]

The family that works cattle together…

…well gets dirty together if nothing else.  Pregnancy checking is a kind of tense moment in the year.  Not only do you hope for a high rate of pregnancy…but for matings you’ve invested in embryo transplants and artificial insemination. This year we’re checking a total of 32 cows…a mix of regular Devon plus our pure […]

The three latest…

The latest arrival…

…a combination of an English bull with the best of our American herd.  Dam THF U3 and sire from the wonderful old Essington herd in England. Wooz and I were just getting started in Devon and visiting Lakota Ranch when I saw the grandmother of this little guy being born!  I asked for her on […]

Here they come…

…our first calf of the season is a pure traditional English Devon…THF 1.  He’s an 80-pound baby bull. The mom is from our great Cashtiller line…the cow that won three straight national championships over there. The sire is a mystery though. The calf may be the result of an AI with Champson Defender or the […]

End of an era…

…with the auction of the Goldings herd in Cornwall, England.  Ivan Rowe, our partner in securing the fine English genetics, passed away last fall and this past weekend his incredible animals were auctioned. Back in 2010, Ivan gave us the pick of his herd…to breed and flush.  The cow I selected was Norah 21 and […]

Call me Brexit?

Just a thought after all the hoops we had to jump through to get this little girl and her sister out of England. We spotted her granddam years ago but her owner—-Shiamala Comer—-didn’t like the wear and tear flushing eggs put on a cow. Fast forward 10 years and Wooz finally convinced Shiamala to sell […]

Chip off the old block…

…D168 is just four…a lovely blend of English and American genetics. Dad is our English Highwayman from the Ashott Barton and Cutcombe lines. Again we’re pleased to see the deep ruby red coloring of the English Devon passed on to the next generation. The female side is thanks to the Lenoir Creek and Lakota herds. […]

Parade of (baby) bulls…

…features three of the yearling bulls we’re holding back to see how they develop. The first is the final pairing Wooz selected on her last trip to England. His dam comes from the famous Tulip line. The breeder resisted collecting her and after some to and fro, we bought her outright! Then we had to […]