Thistle Hill Farm – Blog

…doing what comes naturally

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….in fact, raising beef is better for the planet than growing vegetables.  The real threat is cultivating crops the conventional way.

Texas floods….

….it’s not only the human tragedy.  Lois Ayelstock of Blue Ridge Meats has a link to some dramatic footage of cattle fighting for their lives.  

Thistle Hill alumni club….

….THF Red Lad X3, though his current owners Brooke Henley and Tom Garnett call him “Reddy” for short.  He’s been at the heart of the grass fed beef  business that Brook and Tom’s Spring Pastures Farm near Middletown, Maryland has been developing.  You can see why they love him and why he’s one of our favorite bulls. […]

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 […]

Extra company….

…..throw another steak on the grill! No, this isn’t at Thistle Hill.  We thank our friend and webmaster Keith Smith for the link.

The cost of confinement….

….is generally discussed in terms of cost/benefit ratios.  What is it worth to keep an animal confined to a pen, indoors…sometimes even immobilized…in order to put cheap meat on your table?  (Forget, for the moment, that it is mostly unhealthy meat.) In the abstract, a few may understand that the animal is paying a terrible price […]

Buddy update….

….yes our rescue efforts with a twin abandoned by his dam continue.  Dee Carter, our housekeeper, farm hand, and most of all, dear friend and neighbor, has made “Buddy” her particular labor of love. As his mother quickly figured out, “Buddy” isn’t “right”….hind legs crippled, hooves malformed and mostly blind.  So he wanders the home pasture, trying […]

Heat checking….

….as we get ready to implant our latest embryos from England.  We’re using our best cows for this project.  The CIDRs were pulled just last weekend and this was the first time we could detect heat. Of the 16 cows we’re prepping, 10 came into heat today.  Eight days from that point we’ll be implanting the embryos […]

It’s become a ritual for the past year….

….to end our work-day with a glass of wine and the latest episode of a lovely British t-v series “Lark Rise to Candleford”.  The show is a lovely profile of an English hamlet and village in Oxfordshire at the close of the 19th century.  Change is coming….”progress”….and it evokes mixed emotions from the residents, who see […]

A late spring….

….is plaguing our friends in Germany.   Translation:  Germany must shiver until June.  Thanks to our Koenigswinter bureau chief, Gisela Volkert.