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Thoughts from Kelln

Love

Posted on December 29, 2016

I don’t exactly love hunting.  But there are things that I do love about hunting.  For example, I just spent this Wednesday hunting quail with friends and family.  I don’t exactly enjoy cleaning birds.  I dang sure don’t normally walk that much in a given day.  And I don’t enjoy missing a shot or two.   However, I love being outside and finding animals.  I love firing a gun.  Even if I missed twice, on

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Phoenix

Posted on December 27, 2016

Just got done looking at facebook and all of the posts of stock showers headed to Phoenix.  Our family has had numerous fun trips to the ANLS.  Duke and I discussed whether we were going this year and we both had the same opionion–we wanted to go, but didn’t really want to be gone that long.  So, we came up with a plan–we didn’t even nominate any goats so that we didn’t even have to

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Christmas Eve

Posted on December 24, 2016

I haven’t made it to the keyboard for most of this week.  This weather has been crazy.  Frozen & windy to sunny and nice.  I’ve been dealing with some stuff this week.  Very important stuff.  First, it is scary how many perfume/cologne ads are on tv this time of year.  Lots of scantily clad people doing lots of different things.  Some spartacus looking scenes.  A barely dressed couple making out on a snowy mountain side.

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Polar Vortex

Posted on December 18, 2016

I am sure that somewhere, probably in the midwest, this weekend, a goat was born during this cold spell and that goat will be a special buck prospect that will be named….wait….wait……wait for it…….Polar Vortex.  I can tell you this much, that goat was NOT born at our piece of paradise.  There is one doe that has week old triplet doe kids in the kidding barn.  Duke’s wethers are taking up occupancy on the other

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Like What You Show

Posted on December 17, 2016

This title may not make sense, but it should.  I’ve always tried to follow this rule, but I have deviated from time to time.  My dad instilled in me, “that no matter the species, you are raising meat in the end.  Don’t jeapordize the end product.”  We have always had excellent beef, pork and now goat meat in our family.  Of course, that year that he made me show sheep in 1984, we hauled them

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Full Day

Posted on December 15, 2016

I’m not saying that I was any busier than you were.  I don’t even want to compare my days to others.  I just know that today was a full day.  I fired up the smoker early.  I haven’t been a brisket cook before, but I have been paying attention to others that do a dang good job with this non-prime cut of beef.  Tyke has always done a bang up job of smoking brisket.  Anyways,

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Hunh?!

Posted on December 13, 2016

How come social security is running out of money but welfare isn’t?   The first group worked for the money.  The second group doesn’t.   Why are veterans benefits being cut, no pay raises for military personnel and our military is smaller than pre-World War II but we haven’t cut any spending for illegal aliens benefits?     We are told to NOT judge all muslims by the actions of a few lunatics but all

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Over-Powering

Posted on December 09, 2016

The price of a herd-changing buck can be over-powering.  It looks like this Bama football team may be over-powering.  The desire to stay inside instead of doing chores in mid teen temps can be over-powering.   But, right now, at this time there is something over-powering me.  My left eye felt it first.  It kind of twitched, then began to water.  Then my nostrils.  Sniff. SNIFF.  Dang!  That woman is cutting a wicked stout onion

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HEY!!

Posted on December 07, 2016

I’ve got something to say.  But I don’t remember what it is.  Had a guy, that has me beat by a few years, tell me that the memory is the first thing to go.  Then, he told the second thing.  But I don’t remember what it was.   I’ve noticed, that when I get off the phone, I sometimes think,  “Wow, I bet that I sounded like an @.#$!”  At least in real life, the

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Judging

Posted on December 05, 2016

Judging is an integral part of the livestock business.  As a producer, one has to constantly ask theirselves questions about judging.  Questions such as:  What are the show ring judgers looking for?  What do my animals need in order to make them sell higher?  How does this sire match up with that dam?  Am I raising a profitable enterprise?  What do I need to improve?  Basic Livestock Judging 101. I’m not the only judge of

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