Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: Pasture

Summer camp…

…for our two-year old heifers.  They’ll eventually be bred here at Slainte Farm and return home to calve. For now it’s a welcome break in their routine and fresh grass! And btw congratulations to our partners Mary and Mike on their recent marriage! 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 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 […]

Solving the problem…Pt 2…

…well it’s a band-aid anyway. The numbers are in on using our own trees to make-up for the shortage of board fencing at the local coop. Thanx to a neighbor with a portable sawmill we were able to turn six trees…oak, walnut and cherry into high grade lumber.  Garrett Heydt was the man with the […]

Winter feeding…

…takes several forms at Thistle Hill.  This is my personal favorite because we’re feeding the soil as well. The cows follow behind the tractor as it unrolls the bale of hay.  They’ll eat up to 60%..the rest becomes organic matter enriching the soil…feeding the microbes and, in turn, the plants. Oh and tonight the new […]

Grass is always greener—II

Just a quick add…pictures of the turnips we’re getting (with our hound) and the radishes.  Add in the roots we left behind and you get an idea of the wonderful impact in the soil! David

The grass is always greener…

…when you add cover crops!  And for the first time that’s what we’ve done. Son-in-law Curt Humphreys and Coop manager Glenn Covington reviewed the results of the project this weekend…and pronounced themselves satisfied.  Grandson Church had started the plan with Glen but he’s now off at Cornell Veterinary School. If you enlarge the picture you […]

A good omen…

…as a rainbow finds daughter Carolyn inspecting one of our newly-seeded pastures.  It’s been 10 days since we seeded a cover crop of ryes, clovers, turnips, radishes and cow peas. It’s the cow peas clearly winning the germination race but if you look closely you can see the ryes breaking the surface. We let the […]

Proud guard dogs…

…watching over our enlarged asset base. It’s a new For-most head gate, squeeze chute and a-i cage rolled into one transportable unit.  With four remote pastures now this mobile chute makes life a lot easier.  No more coaxing a sick animal into a trailer to get it home for doctoring. This thing has all the […]

Updating upgrading…

…our pastures.  Four days after seeding with a mix of cover crops we see the first sign of success!!  Young cow peas are the first to germinate…can the turnips and radishes be far behind? David