Thoughts from Kelln

Positives of the Industry

Posted on July 01, 2014

    Without a doubt, the most positive attribute of the livestock industry is the people that are in it.  I saw piles of people this past weekend.  On Sunday and Monday, we had people from Nebraska, Georgia and NE Oklahoma (which is kind of like another state) looking at goats.  l enjoy listening to other peoples plans and goals, tricks, thoughts, and what they’ve seen elsewhere.  Most importantly the way that they touch other

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Big Weekend

Posted on June 30, 2014

       This past weekend was packed with sales in Oklahoma.  There were 4 sales within about 90 miles of each other in a 27ish hour window.  Where to begin? I can start with telling you that as a seller, buyer, spectator, etc, etc.  that I was wore smooth out.  I can also tell you that I am not very good at keeping little goats looking the part with all of the traveling, humidity

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Sale Day

Posted on June 28, 2014

It is a muggy Saturday morning in Norman, OK. Helms, Shafer, Cramblett & myself have the goats in place and ready for the sale at noon. As soon as that is over, we will head to Pfeiffer’s then on to the Saturday night sale at Perry. Milligan, Hardin, Poe and myself will sell a good set there.

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Sometimes…I know

Posted on June 26, 2014

     Sometimes, I sit down to this blog and I don’t have a clue what to write but I feel like I need to write something.  Kind of like when you sit down in a gas station bathroom stall.  You really don’t want to be there and you don’t know what to write, but you feel obligated.  You know, something along the lines of “Here I sit all broken hearted, tried to….”    

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High $ Monday Night

Posted on June 24, 2014

     Well, actually it wasn’t as high $ as I thought it would be.  I thought there were a couple of really good buys in Helms buck sale.  Lot 1 and lot 3 were steals at those prices.  $22,000 is not cheap and I’m sure the buyer is puckered up about having to write that check, but that was a good buy.        Poe’s sale went REAL well.  I only got a

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Posted on June 23, 2014

     It seems like there are always games being played in the goat industry.  Who’s judging what?  Where are the politics?  Why is “that one” the right one?  Is that high dollar deal for real.  Etc. Etc.  I don’t have answers or opinions.   But it got me to thinking about more important items.         Let’s get serious.  What happened to the real games?  There hasn’t been a new board game

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Random Saturday Afternoon

Posted on June 21, 2014

    There are going to be some high dollar bucks selling next week.  I went and looked at them again.  I really like lots 1 & 4.  I’ve spent too much money lately, so I’m not in a buying mood.  I actually got mud on my pickup near Turkey, TX.  That and the rain has washed the predator wasps away.         That moment when you make the decision,”Yeah, these aren’t good

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End of an Era

Posted on June 20, 2014

     I don’t know how old she is.  I just know that Verlin came to Kelln Livestock in 2006.  She was several years old at that point.  She had been working in a goat dairy getting hand milked to provide milk for children that needed goat milk and/or milk for show pigs.         Kela and I needed a goat to take on some trips & quads in the spring of ’06.

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Posted on June 18, 2014

     When dealing with livestock, some sort of training is always involved.  Break to lead, brace, how to stand still on a clipping stand, etc.  But there is also breaking does to go through gate and training does to stay away from you as you walk through a pen while holding a bucket.  It is also common to have to train goats how to eat.      I have a set of wethers that

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Posted on June 14, 2014

      The term “flush” is very common in the livestock world.  It is a standard procedure in the cattle side of things and is becoming more & more common in the goat world.  If you’ve got a good female, then you better “flush” her.  Likewise, crappy ones need “flushed” and sent to the sale barn.  Good vs. Bad–Flushed or Flushed.  Makes sense to me.          I’m not an expert on

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