Thoughts from Kelln


Posted on March 5, 2018
The wind machine has been cranked up here in paradise.  It is bad enough that it hasn’t rained since last August but this wind!    It was right at a year ago when the wind was howling here and then there was fire. I pray that does not repeat this year. I need to be thinking about planting the garden.  We got hailed out last year.  I’m not real fired about ordering any seed for


Posted on March 4, 2018
It is a fact that I am not much of a sleeper.  But every now and then, I have to shut down.  Duke and I processed babies, moved does and kids out of the kidding barn, put out hay for goats and cows and picked up a load of feed.  Productive morning. I limped inside and ate some little smokies.  Turned the tube on and hey “The Replacements” is on.  I’ve only seen it 87

Survived but….

Posted on March 2, 2018
Stock shows that last over a week are rough on the mind, body and soul.  This one was worse than normal.  Yes, I broke a toe in two a couple of weeks ago.  I was doing pretty good on it until Tuesday afternoon.  And then, HOLY $h!t that hurts.  The rest of my left foot decided to give up the fight.  Now, as a result of over-compensating for my toe, the ball of my foot

Woodward goat show

Posted on February 27, 2018
The Woodward District Jr. Livestock Show is nearing the end.  The hogs, sheep and goats have all shown. Cattle move in day and then show heifers and steers on Wednesday.  Premium sale on Thursday. The quality of animals and exhibitors at this show is wicked good.  High quality stock which have been expertly fitted and then showed to the hilt. No, I do not enjoy showing or dealing with does.  But, Carli Word and her


Posted on February 24, 2018
We are in the first few days of the Woodward District Jr. Livestock Show.  The barrow show was really good.  There are lots of things in stock shows that could be Olympic sports.  Very few people in the world are as good as a lot of these livestock people. I haven’t watched a lot of the Olympics.  But, a lot of it is being aired late at night.  The downhill skiing events remind me of

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

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

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

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

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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