Thoughts from Kelln


Posted on November 22, 2013

      Right now, in Duncan, OK, the Fall Classic is taking place.  This is the dangdest gathering of hog breeders, buyers, lookers, tire kickers, BSers and the largest # of hogs sold in one place.  They will sell breeding age pigs of all breeds, show pigs, auctions in the parking lot, private treaty transactions.  You name it, if it involves a show pig, it is happening at Duncan this weekend.  The motels are

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Posted on November 21, 2013

     A common question that I am asked is “How come I don’t keep all of the best goats that I buy/raise for Duke?’  This is a very valid question and I have numerous answers.   1–I don’t always know “exactly” which one is the “right” one.   2–Even, when I am extremely confident as to the “right” one, I try to put it in the right showman’s hands, at that time.   3–Duke

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Random stories

Posted on November 20, 2013

     So, the other day, I was out of iced tea at the dealership.  I haven’t had a mountain dew in over a week, so being out of tea could become a bit of an issue.  On this morning, a customer was at Mandy’s desk as I came back from the kitchen in the shop.  I told Mandy to get me some tea at Chicken Express (they have good tea) when she goes to

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    I know that I haven’t posted much the past week or two and now I’m doing two in one day.  It’s okay. I’ve been busy at work–kind of.  Been busy at home–new kidding barn.  Been busy this afternoon with Duke–played catch and shot guns–priceless.  Been on the phone–Kela called–that means nothing gets done for awhile–priceless.  Right now, I’m currently downloading some J. Geils Band songs to the phone–costs me $1.29 per download. Can’t

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Important Info

Posted on November 17, 2013

     It doesn’t happen very often, maybe 6-8 times a year, but I will make time to eat some cereal.  Not just any cereal, but Cocoa Puffs.  I don’t use a bowl to eat cocoa puffs.  I use a cooking pan.  Yeah, one with a handle on it.  It has to be big enough to hold a 1/2 box of cocoa puffs.  I then soak it in milk.  Then it sits and soaks for

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Does–the necessary evil

Posted on November 14, 2013

     One of the interesting things about my little breeding operation is the decision of what gets bred to what.  Joe Dirt, Rumour Has It or Rainman–does it matter?  All are way good.  I’ve got 40 breeding age does standing here at the Kelln Kompound south of Fargo.  22 are already bred to Rumour.  10 are synced for Rainman.  That only leaves 8 for the best proven wether sire in OK?   Don’t feel

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Lone Star Elite

Posted on November 11, 2013

     We made it to the Lone Star Elite Jackpot in San Angelo this weekend.  This is a really good show with really good goats and a really good payoff.  The quality-top to bottom-is very deep.  There are some really good goats that get sifted.  I have no complaints with the judge as he was pretty consistent and didn’t waste a lot of time.  Sure, there was a place here or there that I

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Posted on November 08, 2013

     Friday is here and we are loaded up and ready to head south.  We’ll get to drive right into the wind as we start our journey to San Angelo and the Lone Star Elite Jackpot.  Don’t know how the show will turn out, but our crew will have a fun time.   Have a good day and a fabulous weekend.  

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Posted on November 06, 2013

     I’ve been watching several online pig sales the last couple of nights.  It looks to me like that the dang sure good ones sell real well, while the nice ones and not good enough ones are lucky to get a bid.  Unless you are selling good berks and that sale looked pretty stout.  One or two of the website bidding platforms are enough to make me not want to bid.  There is one

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National FFA Convention

Posted on November 05, 2013

      The National FFA Convention just recently completed its latest edition.  As a teacher, I always viewed the national FFA convention as a pain in the ass that came at a bad time of year and cost a pile of money to attend.  But, I liked going.  I really liked it when it was in Kansas City. I was usually pissed while in Louisville.  But I loved it in Indy.  No matter where

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