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Thoughts from Kelln

Eclipse?

Posted on August 23, 2017

I saw just the start of it and then just the end of it.  It got cloudy in Shattuck, America during the great eclipse.  However, I got to see plenty of text videos sent of the same eclipse shot.  I bet several of you saw it as well.  I first got this video in the morning titled “Eclipse in Alaska”.  James Sweet probably sent the best eclipse shot that I saw.  Schoovy definitely sent the

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History

Posted on August 22, 2017

“Black people that were never slaves are fighting white people that were never Nazis over a confederate statue erected by Democrats, because Democrats can’t stand their own history anymore, and somehow it’s Trumps fault?” Dr. Terry Rickard

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Natural Happenings

Posted on August 21, 2017

Unless you have been in a hole, then you are aware that there will be a solar eclipse today.  This is a natural happening that is really not that rare.  But the fact that there will be a total eclipse from coast to coast of the USofA makes it a huge media deal.  Make sure that you have your goats protected, so that they don’t stare at the eclipse and become blind.  I have glasses

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Differences

Posted on August 20, 2017

I routinely read the judge interviews in the Purple Circle magazine.  Do they divulge earth-shattering info as to how they will judge a given show–NO.  Are the articles worth reading–YES.  If you don’t already subscribe, you should.  I enjoy perusing these articles and I do think a reader can infer some (just a few) priorities—kids first, muscle first, etc.  Normally, if their article reads like crap, that given judge sounds like crap on the mic.

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Sometimes…

Posted on August 18, 2017

Sometimes, the hardest part of writing on here is putting something in the title line. Spent some time walking through crops last evening.  Trying to see if the ground is firm enough for a swather to run across it.  It was getting close, but then it rained again this morning.  It is kind of a fun feeling walking through the vegetation in these fields.  Haygrazer, German millet, Teff grass, cowpeas, crabgrass, collard greens with the

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Mutiple Reasons

Posted on August 15, 2017

It hasn’t been taking very long to get the round of chores done around here lately.  Why?  It doesn’t take long to fill water tanks.  There are numerous water holes that are holding fresh water.  The does in the pasture aren’t even coming in to the corrals. It has been fairly cool (especially for August) so there hasn’t been much evaporation. The regular rainfall has kept tanks and troughs full.   I used that engineering

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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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