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Thoughts from Kelln

Meanwhile..

Posted on August 13, 2017

here in paradise, we are just happy to be alive.  The battle with the fungus looks like it is nearing the end.  This one has been brutal.  It has taken its toll on the goat, but he hasn’t lost his appetite, so there is a chance that we can get him back into form. Normally, when one travels to NW OK during the month of August, green is not the color that comes to mind.

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August?

Posted on August 11, 2017

The calendar says August.  We did start back to school which happens in August.  But it is 80 some degrees, green and guess what, we got another 1.6″ of rain with more in the forecast.  Unreal. I got me a new bander.  While at Helms last weekend, he was showing me his new toy…a Wee Bander. Supposedly, this thing bands so tight that they don’t feel pain for very long.  This could be a handy

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Always Something

Posted on August 09, 2017

When dealing with goats, it is always something.  As I talk to people across the country, this is a constant, regardless of climate and weather.  Battling worms, having hoof problems, bucks aren’t aggressive, does aren’t coming into heat, limping goats, destructive does, coccidi problems, stones, fungus,  bad flush #s, good flush #s but low embryo retention rates, sale kids aren’t blooming, sore mouth, dead goat (and there is a long list that causes this). All

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Weapon of Choice

Posted on August 07, 2017

Sunday evening found Duke, myself and brother Daniel sitting on the front porch.  We walked to big barn and looked at a grapple bucket.  We then meandered back to the front porch.  As usual, Duke was walking behind us, in no hurry whatsoever.  I was already sitting down when Duke hollered, “Dad, bring me a .22.” “For what?” I hollered.  He replied, “There is a rattlesnake under this bush.” I ran towards the carport to

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Thinking

Posted on August 03, 2017

I’ve been trying to figure out what to breed which does to whatever buck.  I really don’t like kidding any in December, I refuse to kid in January and I guess that I will breed some to kid the first of February.  The rest–end of March to June.  Decisions. Decisions. One can’t sit inside and think today.  No, the weather is great here in paradise.  But the roofers are here and it is a bit

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And July ends

Posted on August 01, 2017

This has been an unreal July around here.  It got hot but not like it normally is.  We were dry but not like it normally is.  It started to turn brown and get crunchy and then it rained a bit.  And now July 31 showed up and rained and rained and rained.  As I look in the rain gauge on this first day of August, there is 4 inches of rain.  And it came straight

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Lucky

Posted on July 31, 2017

Lately, I’ve been pretty lucky.  First off, I got that Gator in to Deere before the warranty ran out.  Next, it wasn’t a u-joint but the transmission.  Dang!  That means that we are going to be without the Gator for a bit.  But, at least it was still under warranty. Next.  I had an online equipment sale a couple of weeks ago.  I put the old 4 wheeler on there.  Duke found out and did

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Another week

Posted on July 28, 2017

Tammy got home Thursday evening and I leave on this Friday morning.  She had a good trip to California.  She was pleased to go to the set of “The Goldbergs” where Kela is now working.  She also got to meet Billy Idol in some random club.  And yes, he did get up and sing a few songs even though he wasn’t there to perform.  Of course, Kela had to explain to her who Billy Idol

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Been awhile

Posted on July 27, 2017

I know, I know.  It’s been a few days since I’ve made it to the keyboard.  I’ve been busy. Judging from the phone calls and texts the past week or so, there is still a demand for high quality bucks that are ready to go to work.  There are a lot of bucks out on lease.  Several breeders are doing this and it just makes sense.  A smaller breeder can lease a quality buck for

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Good Stuff

Posted on July 22, 2017

This one will be short.  I spent Thursday evening with my youngest brother.  I spent Friday with the middle brother.  At any time that you think that I am opinionated….well….you need to meet the other two.  Especially, when we are all together. I am real fortunate to have two younger brothers.  We are all three different but stronger values, you will not find.  It is not an accident that our parents raised three boys that

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