Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

Category: Pasture

We knew her “when”….

….Thistle Hill is fortunate in the company it gets.  I guess it’s because we try so many things and have become a real world laboratory.  We’ve hosted visitors from around the world and learned from them all. One who stopped by last year was Sarah Flack, a young forage expert.  She was writing a book […]

Needed: short term pasture….

….in the Petersburg-Richmond area of central Virginia.  A young farm couple we work with needs a pasture for about 15 cows…some with calves….for 90 days.  If you can help out, please contact us here at Thistle Hill.  We’ll all appreciate it. 540-364-2090  

And that’s the way it is…..

….although no one is the Ag community talks about it.  Health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola blows the whistle in the practice of dumping sewage sludge on pastures and crop lands. Several farms have down this in our area despite the serious concerns that have been raised about the practice.  In our experience, the pastures look […]

By way of explanation….

….we haven’t been able to enjoy our fall pastures much….or update this blog….for quite a while.  So below is a recent picture by our manager, Duane Ard, and now the explanation. A month ago, Wooz fell on our gravel road and broke her hip.  A routine x-ray then revealed a small mass in her lung.  So […]

Thistle Hill as laboratory….

….we’re fortunate to be considered something of a “place to see” if you’re studying this business (profession? trade? art?) of raising grass fed cattle.  Not long ago, we were visited by Sarah Flack who is in the very early stages of her career in forages,though she got quite a head start as a member of […]

Not in your wildest dreams…

….we don’t know for sure, but we think that this may be what a forage experts dream about at night.  At least, Sarah Flack, a forage guru from Vermont who visited Thistle Hill the other day, seemed to be in her own personal vision of heaven. Sarah consults on forages for a number of farms.  […]

Dig the new digs….

….it’s probably their idea of arriving in cow heaven….Wooz calls it “summer camp”.  A group of Thistle Hill steers arrive at a nearby farm courtesy of its new owners, Bob and Ann Emory. And “nearby” is certainly accurate.  The new 50-acre pasture is just around the corner.  And replaces another that was a half hour […]

The grass is always greener….

….if only by a little bit. These young calves probably went through the high tensile wire on the other side of the pasture…walked along a river…and back up this side to wait near the gate.  It’s become something of a game for seven of the calves this season. Better not to chase them.  Leave them […]

Thistle Hill goes “global”….

….we really enjoy entertaining visitors at Thistle Hill.  We always learn more from our guests than they ever learn from us.  Just a fresh set of eyes makes us see things we just never focused on. This week we hosted a delegation of cattle and dairymen and women from South Africa and they brought with […]

If everything else fails….

….maybe we can sell the view.  Our chief-of-everything around here—Duane Ard—snapped this picture from his porch the other evening.  That’s the Rappahannock down there in the haze….nearer us, a pasture we’re stockpiling for winter. Now that I really look at the picture, I’m thinking we’ll move in with Duane.  He’s got “The View”!