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Category: Reality

Ma, our baby boy is all growed up!

His name is Augustine and he’s packed with Rotokawa 667 genetics.  He’s also the son of one of our favorite cows.  With all the attention we’ve been devoting to our English project, we didn’t want to give the impression we’ve been ignoring our breeding of Rotokawa offspring. At Thistle Hill, under the watchful eye of […]

Where do they learn these things…

….the other day, while taking pictures of an English bull for the Red Devon USA newsletter, I turned the camera on this young “American” bull.  He immediately snapped to and assumed “the position”.  The minute I moved on, he returned to grazing. He’s eight months old. From the moment he was born, we felt we […]

Every so often….

….our plan works out.  For instance, this heifer calf.  When we brought back THF Reality from John and Terry Guevremont farm  on “temporary assignment” we were looking to couple his genetics (Rotokawa 667) to some of our best cows, particularly THF 6 (Hope).  And it came to fruition this morning. “Hope”, who is a 688 […]

A new day….

….and a new life greets the sun at Thistle Hill.  Probably the most fun of raising cattle is exactly this:  going out in the crisp morning air to check the herd for new babies.  With all the nonsense everywhere else, it is a life-affirming experience. So meet A126, son of R2 and THF Reality.  He’s […]

Here we go again….

….the start of a new calving season with A123.  He’s a “he”….by Thistle Hill Reality.  A bull we sold as a youngster but brought back for a command performance when we saw how well he had matured.  We like it when calves confidently accept our attention—and tagging—on their very first contact. Wooz wants to name […]

“Reality” settling in…

We promised a picture of Thistle Hill Reality without the dramatic sunset lighting….and here it is.  Like most young bulls, he finds the heifers on the other side of the fence more attractive.  So he did go wandering last night…into our neighbor’s herd of commercial Angus. But Thistle Hill bulls are always gentlemen.  First, Reality […]