Thoughts from Kelln

Irons in the fire & turds in the water.

Posted on September 06, 2013

     Too many irons in the fire.  That fits me right now.  Work has been crazy.  I can tell you this much for sure.  When running a business, it is better to hire too many people than not have enough.  If a quasi-qualified applicant comes in and wants a job, hire them.  You will need them sooner than you think.  If a good one comes in, make room for them.  Pay the good ones,

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Posted on September 05, 2013

     The word warranty probably should have been a four letter word.  I know that tire dealers absolutely despise a “road hazard” warranty.  Car dealers cringe at the word.  Ag equipment isn’t any better.  Livestock…well that’s a whole different deal.         Ag & car dealers lose money on warranty work.  It is just a fact of the industry.  But you have to do it.  Tire dealers….whew, well, some people shouldn’t be

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Best of the West

Posted on September 03, 2013

       How to sum up the weekend?  OUCH?!?!?  I’m too old for this crap.  But, dang it was fun. If you can’t do something and  have fun doing it, then why do it?   The sale was off-the-hook good.  I say this and my goats brought the average down.  But that is okay.  Tyke brought a  dang good set and they sold well–averaged real well.  They will be taking pictures next spring.  Joe

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Confidence…yeah, that’s the word

Posted on August 31, 2013

     I catch some grief from time to time about my confidence level.  Some call it arrogance.  Others call it cocky.  And some just call me an (donkey)hole.  One time, in a job interview, I was asked,  “If I was as cocky as my brother Jake the Snake?”  I said, “No.  I am not that cocky, but I am extremely confident in my own abilities.”  I was then told that “they weren’t looking for

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Posted on August 29, 2013

     It’s amazing the quality of animated movies that are made now.  We really like the “How to Train your Dragon”  animated movie.  Maybe, because I would like to train a Dragon, hhmm, hunnhh.  I haven’t had any luck yet training a dragon thus far;  but a good flick nonetheless.   Let’s all just go to a happy place and think of the best animated movie ever made.  Think about it.  There are a

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Posted on August 28, 2013

On the top of the Kelln Livestock blog page it says “the place to learn about the happenings at Kelln Livestock and random Kelln thoughts.” This blog is a edited/censored version of the happenings around this piece of paradise.  And the thoughts that make it into this blog are not near as random as the crap that rolls around through my brain.  For instance, I don’t put much personal stuff on here.  I also don’t

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Posted on August 27, 2013

      How does an auctioneer affect a sale?  Well, it is in 1 of 2 ways.  Either, positive or negative.  No in between.  It doesn’t mater if it is a livestock sale, craft auction, machinery sale or land sale.  A good auctioneer knows where to find the bidders, who are the players, which items should be worth some jack and then they get the rest of the crowd involved.  It is a true

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It’s Monday

Posted on August 26, 2013

      Kind of hard getting fired up about the day, but it’s here.  Another day, another week to take on.  The temperature has started climbing back up.  Look’s like summer isn’t ready to go away yet.      Made it back from Columbus on Friday night.  Crawled back to the store Saturday morning.  Got a few deals done Saturday afternoon, then we loaded up to go see Brooke & Bill’s new house.  Killed

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Stuff to do

Posted on August 22, 2013

I’m sitting in Columbus, thinking of all the stuff that i need to get done at home. It is less than 2 weeks to the Best of the West sale on Labor Day. There is going to be a really good set of wethers & doe kids at this sale. Tyke will have a really good set of Joe Dirt wethers & does. Ralph is bringing a nice set of does. Helms will have a

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Posted on August 20, 2013

     Tyke had borrowed Verlin–the dairy doe–in order to save a kid from a no-milking mother.  Once again, Verlin performed.  He brought her back this past weekend.  I had kind of forgot about her, you know, out-of-sight, out-of-mind.  Now that she is home, there are decisions to be made.  One–how much longer is she to stay in production?  Mainly, because I have no idea how old she is.  I’ve had her for quite a

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