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The Thistle Hill Alumni club…

…posted by Brooke Henley on Facebook today. Brooke says she watched the calving from her window while enjoying her morning coffee. The sire is Thistle Hill Equinox…with seven bull calves and four heifers so far this year. Two to go. Our relationship with Brooke and husband Tom and their Spring Pastures farm in Maryland goes […]

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

What’s for dinner…

…a juicy beyond organic hormone and antibiotic free sirloin steak. Curt went overboard with his seasoning on this one: avocado oil and then a rub of black pepper, yellow mustard, coriander, lemon peel, garlic, celery seed, dill, Chile, cardamom, and salt! Lightly and quickly grilled. In a word:  delicious. David

The waiting game…

…seems to be a subtitle for much of the year at Thistle Hill.  Right now we’ve confirmed the pregnancy of the cows we artificially inseminated(AI). A2a is one of the AI recipients.  She’s one of two carrying calves by Grantland Granite of John Forelle’s Folly Farm.  That herd was dispersed several years ago. Grantland was […]

One percenters…

…these pigs are in the one percent of pigs raised outside in pastures. They were out exploring and foraging today. Carolyn

Ready to start…

…the main herd reporting for their preg check. The calves have been separated to be worked separately…vaccinations, dehorning, steering. Curt is the chief wrangler today…waiting for the signal to start bringing them in. David

Our guard donkeys…

…have asked for equal time with the farm dogs we featured awhile back. Jenny, pictured here, and Jack are our miniature donkeys…a kind of early warning system protecting our herd from stray dogs and coyotes. They stay with the herd year around no matter the weather.  They’re incredibly low maintenance…and they survive on the grass […]

From the kitchens of Thistle Hill…

…and yes while we have two kitchens…son Church continues his triumphs on the Kamado Joe grill. This time it’s a pork belly smoked by that apple wood tree we harvested a few weeks ago. Church recommends scoring the fat side diagonally and then rubbing all sides with Bone Suckin’ Seasoning and extra brown sugar. Cover […]

Our bulls…

…have become an increasingly important part of our operation…not only joining herds from Canada to Louisiana but as leased sires to smaller farms that can’t justify a full-time bull. Right now we have eight bulls at work for Thistle Hill…and a dozen more in the development stage.  Our bull pen is still headed by Highwayman, […]

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 […]