Thoughts from Kelln

Too nice?

Posted on February 9, 2015
      Yes, yes it can be too nice.  And I am worried that this weather, right now, is too nice.  The pig show on Saturday was absolutely perfect weather.  85 degrees–no wind–TOO NICE!  The hogs were getting hot.  The kids did well, placed as they should have and we were happy.  We needed a learning show and other than the heat, it was perfect.          Sunday brought another hot day


Posted on February 7, 2015
     Laverne is a town in the very far NW corner of the great state of Oklahoma.  It isn’t in the panhandle, but you can easily walk to the panhandle if need be.  This town is about 30 miles straight north of Shattuck.  Much like Shattuck, the town of Laverne is an agricultural and oil based community.  The Laverne school has a long history of successful athletics and FFA.  Historically, the Laverne FFA chapter

Labor Intensive

Posted on February 6, 2015
     There are a lot of things in life that are labor intensive.  Raising goats is very labor intensive.  Excelling at sports–labor intensive.  Growing vegetables–lots of labor.  Anybody can puts lots of labor into a project.  But still, it just might not be right.  We all know those people that were “gym rats”–they worked hard, harder than anybody, but no matter what, they couldn’t make it to the NBA, NFL or MLB.  It just

Amazing career

Posted on February 4, 2015
    I watched Dan Rather interview a guy tonight.  I sat there watching the interview thinking to myself, “That dude has put together a really unique, albeit succesful career”.  I also wondered if this interview would just be interesting to somebody of my demographic or if the younger generation would even know who this guy is.  At the end of the interview, I strolled down the hall to where the younger generation has a

Great Americans

Posted on February 3, 2015
     I routinely find myself surrounded by great Americans.  No, I don’t hang out with very many dignitaries, politicians or celebrities.  We just do our own thing.  Which is way more fun.  And those that are around us tend to have a large time as well.  Yesterday, I decided to fire up the smoker.  Pork loin and ribs along with some sausages.  Tammy made some sides and texted some people.  The super bowl was


Posted on February 1, 2015
      I attend more than my fair share of live auctions.  From cattle salebarns to land auctions, equipment auctions, fund raising auctions, breeding and show stock auctions and of course, a goat sale or three.  I like watching people at live auctions.  There are numerous types of bidders at live auctions.   1–The Low Rent bidder.  They will start everything at floor price.  They aren’t looking for the best one or the best

Travel Time

Posted on January 29, 2015
     I took a crew of kids back to Tonkawa for the NOC interscholastics.  These teams participated in the Ag Communications and Food Science CDE contests.  Although these kids are very capable, my expectations were not high.  They needed to go see how these contests look in real life.  It’s kind of hard to teach a kid to dribble a basketball until they’ve seen a basketball dribbled.  That’s what we did today.  Basically, we

News? What News?

Posted on January 27, 2015
      In today’s society there is almost NO place to go for accurate news reporting.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of channels that are reporting news.  It’s just that there are very few that are actually reporting news that people care about.  And even fewer channels that report ACCURATE news.  These “news” reporters hide behind the 1st amendment.  And I used the term HIDE.  As long as they are reporting

Okie Coalition

Posted on January 26, 2015
      I noticed that had a banner up for the Okie Coalition.  I like it.  There is an outstanding list of goat industry supporters that are working to make things possible.  All of those contributors and buyers need to be thanked.  It is often said that goats are “treated like 2nd class citizens at the big shows.”  Texas has pretty well gotten goats to an equal playing field.  Oklahoma has made big

Good? No, GREAT!

Posted on January 25, 2015
     I didn’t have a lot lined up for this Saturday, but I had plenty to do.  The weather was supposed to be nice and they were right.  I took care of some rat killing during the AM.  Watched a bit of “McClintock” while I was eating lunch.  Then went out to work on some goats.        I then had a completely un-expected visitor pull into my drive.  A friend of mine