Thoughts from Kelln

Keep It Short

Posted on February 22, 2018

We ain’t going for no pulitzer prizes, so we’ll keep it short.  We did get some moisture this evening.  In the form of ice pellets.  Some have already called school on Thursday.  Woodward District pig show move-in is tomorrow.  We don’t have time for any weather related delays. Took a set of quads for the kids to take to the grade school today.  Then the quads made their way to the cooperative building, then the

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Random Thoughts

Posted on February 21, 2018

As I finished chores in the barn tonight, many thoughts were swirling in my mind about this industry that some love and others find their happy moments. I’m good at getting does kidded out and babies born alive.  However, the Dragon Lady is great at getting those babies going.  Supplementing quads, getting slow starters fired up, first time mommas used to nursing, etc.  It’s kind of fun to watch her as she lets the babies

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My GOD!!

Posted on February 19, 2018

The wind!!  Oh my!   BRUTAL!!!   Straight out of the south.  I’ve seen it blow harder but it has blown consistent today.  Miserable. I got home from church this morning and had myself a To Do list.  I didn’t get it all done, but with my favorite son helping I got the main deals done.  We started in the yearling buck pens and started trimming hooves and giving Ivomec.  Wind blown!  HARD hooves and

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Long Day

Posted on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day was a long one around here.  The problem–does.  Almost all problems in the goat world trace back to does. I induced 4 does.  I was prepared for them to start dropping about 9 pm on Tuesday night.  No,  no.  One started at midnight.  Then had another about 2.  Then I assisted another doe about 4 and pulled a single.  Then I realized that the first doe might not be done.  I pulled one

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Motivational Forces

Posted on February 13, 2018

What is the strongest motivational force?  Come on…name it.  Don’t try to get to smart. Don’t over think it.  What is it? No.  It is not the gravitational pull of the Death Star.  Nor is it the strong desire to eat a box of Little Debbie oatmeal snack cakes while watching the winter olympics.  Simply, it is Momma.  Regardless of species, everyone wants to do right by momma.  No matter what.   Even eminem used his

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Posted on February 12, 2018

Today is the Ellis County Livestock Show.  County shows, as a whole, can be pretty stressful.  But, this one should be pretty calm.  Typically, it is a laid back affair.  One, all of the ag teachers and the county agent all get along, so we don’t cause many problems for each other.  Two, although there are some hyper-competitive stock show families in this county, as a whole, they have their sights on trying to take

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Posted on February 11, 2018

The weather is not.  It is cold, real cold 12 F  with a north wind that hits about 25 mph.  I don’t know the wind chill, nor care.  All I know is that it is not fun.  Had a couple of calves born yesterday, I hope their ears are okay. The wethers got worked and the kidding barn is ready.  Time to go back to work.  Looked at a fun set of wethers today.  When

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Friday YeAh!

Posted on February 09, 2018

This Friday means an entry deadline.  It also means there are other deadlines looming and in between we get to have a county stock show.  Yeah!  The wanton waste of money that will be spent on wood chips, wood pellets and animal bedding begins to spike and will continue until OYE is over.  Fine tuning of animals and showmanship continues with an eye towards target shows. Friday in Oklahoma is supposed to pretty nice as

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World Champion

Posted on February 07, 2018

In the goat show world, anymore, I’m not sure what would qualify as a world champion.  However, I have recently encountered a world champion.  Not that it was identifying itself with a big belt or trophy.  I have wrestled this champion for almost 35 years (so that rules out the Dragon Lady for you smart asses).  This wrestler almost always wins. I enjoy a good wrestling match.  Okie State is wicked awesome!  But this one

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Posted on February 05, 2018

I wish I had a good story about this, but I don’t.  Simply, I was shutting off lights and locking doors on Thursday night.  I stubbed my toe (not the pinky but the one next to it on my left foot).  Caught it on the corner of the gun safe.  All stubbed toes hurt but I knew that this one wasn’t good. Friday morning, I went to the Dr.  Hadn’t been to one in decades.

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