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So you want to live forever….

….or at least longer? Our good friend Bill Roberts, of 12 Stones Grasslands Beef, is justifiably proud of his son, Will, who has already made a name for himself in the field of physical fitness.  Will has survived more than one Iron Man competition, trained professional athletes, and owns a health spa. In a recent […]

Thistle Hill Alumni…Tennessee Chapter….

….we’re always gratified to see how Regina and Tom Tesnow take our genetics to the next level.  Their Tomina Farm in Waynesboro, Tennessee probably has more Thistle Hill cows…and their progeny…than we do.  Well, not quite.  And they’ve blended to some other great lines, particularly Bill Roberts’ 12 Stones Grassland Beef. Their first big catch […]

Farm land…what’s it worth…

Our friend Bill Roberts, of 12 Stones Grasslands Beef, has had some experience in the subject in an “earlier life”.  Sometime back we posted his thoughts on just how a farmer, or particularly a would-be farmer, should approach the subject of buying land for his operation. Bill has just gone back to the subject on […]

Still more on marketing grass fed beef….

….my recent post on the price disadvantage American producers face when competing against foreign grass fed beef (see below “Roundtable:  Can I make money selling grass fed beef) needs some fine tuning.  My point was that I pay almost four times as much for butchering as my competitor in Tasmania.  And so foreign beef can absorb […]

Roundtable: Can I make money selling grass fed beef?

It’s a question that comes up whenever a new Devon breeder recognizes the gourmet quality of the meat in his pasture:  can I sell this animal at a reasonable profit or do I have to settle for the price dictated by the auction barn?  That same new Devon breeder also quickly becomes discouraged when he […]


….or should that be addenda?  Addendae? Anyway, here’s more on managing heifers growing out of our Roundtable below.  Both Bill Roberts and Juliet Cleave have posted comments along the way the past several days but I thought these two were worthy of special attention so I brought them up here. If you haven’t seen Juliet’s […]

Breeding heifers…and more…

The other day some of us got into a discussion, via email, about breeding heifers.  But as these things go, we wandered off topic quite a bit.  When I signed off, I realized that  there might be some thought-starters in our ramblings for readers of this blog and so I have reproduced it here with the […]

The secret ingredient….

….in Thistle Hill cows and beef. But it’s no secret, we’ve been saying for some time we think (next to Wooz’ care, of course) it’s our mineral program.  Visitors invariably remark that they have never seen a group of healthier, more vital animals than those at Thistle Hill. We do a lot of experimenting, try […]

Those who can’t….

….well you know the rest.  And it’s certainly true in the cattle business.  Some of the best-known consultants have never really successfully managed a herd, much less produced a notable cow.  You can check. But here’s a Devon cow bred by a consultant, Bill Roberts of 12 Stones Grassland Beef, that would be a star […]

Not all food is created equal….

A good friend has written an article on food production that we think deserves wider dissemination than we offer here…..but we’ll do our bit. Organizations such as Weston A. Price are stout advocates of what is termed “nutrient dense food”.  It’s a phrase that is beginning to find its way into popular literature and Bill […]