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Thoughts from Kelln

Random Saturday Afternoon

Posted on June 21, 2014

    There are going to be some high dollar bucks selling next week.  I went and looked at them again.  I really like lots 1 & 4.  I’ve spent too much money lately, so I’m not in a buying mood.  I actually got mud on my pickup near Turkey, TX.  That and the rain has washed the predator wasps away.         That moment when you make the decision,”Yeah, these aren’t good

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End of an Era

Posted on June 20, 2014

     I don’t know how old she is.  I just know that Verlin came to Kelln Livestock in 2006.  She was several years old at that point.  She had been working in a goat dairy getting hand milked to provide milk for children that needed goat milk and/or milk for show pigs.         Kela and I needed a goat to take on some trips & quads in the spring of ’06.

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Training

Posted on June 18, 2014

     When dealing with livestock, some sort of training is always involved.  Break to lead, brace, how to stand still on a clipping stand, etc.  But there is also breaking does to go through gate and training does to stay away from you as you walk through a pen while holding a bucket.  It is also common to have to train goats how to eat.      I have a set of wethers that

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Flush

Posted on June 14, 2014

      The term “flush” is very common in the livestock world.  It is a standard procedure in the cattle side of things and is becoming more & more common in the goat world.  If you’ve got a good female, then you better “flush” her.  Likewise, crappy ones need “flushed” and sent to the sale barn.  Good vs. Bad–Flushed or Flushed.  Makes sense to me.          I’m not an expert on

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He was right

Posted on June 13, 2014

      Kind of!  Wednesday was a pretty busy day.  Duke and I had extremely good help here getting goats washed, sheared and photoed.  Then others showed up to look at goats.  Then it was time to get chores done.  Tammy and I were on the gator when the neighborhood security system showed up.  AKA–Johnny File.  Johnny said, “You know it’s getting ready to blow 40 mph and hail watermelon size hail.  Are you

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Position filled

Posted on June 11, 2014

     I’ve got me a new herd manager.  He’s in charge of keeping water tanks full, doctoring goats, sorting goats and helping me.  Basically, Duke now has a paid position. Tammy says that I’m a tight ass, but Duke and I negotiated this deal together.  And for the past couple of weeks, Duke has been a helluva employee.  Whatever title he wants, he can have.  Manager, foreman, herd director, whatever.        However,

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TX Weekend

Posted on June 09, 2014

     Had a big weekend trip to Texas.  We left early Friday morning with several does on the trailer.  Our first stop was at Earl Peacock’s.  Dropped the does off at his place for future flushes.  Looked at several good doe kids at his place.  We were all amazed with the dry land corn in that part of the world.  We then headed towards Goldthwaite to look at some of Saturday’s sale goats.  We

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Shut the Gate

Posted on June 06, 2014

      Shut the gate is a term that needs to ALWAYS be practiced in life.  No matter what you do.  Always remember to shut the gate.  If you open a gate, shut it behind you.  Unless told otherwise.  It’s just good practice to shut the gate.        If you are dealing with livestock, then you will quickly learn to shut the gate.  If not, then you will find yourselves sorting does

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Hooked Up

Posted on June 04, 2014

     Covered some miles today and saw some nice goats.  The one constant that I am running into….it seems like most breeders are heavy on doe kid percentages….and have really good quality on the doe kid side of things.  Sasquatch (Shovanec and Sweet’s Helms bred buck) passed away recently.  Too bad as he left some really nice kids in his first crop.  Crush (Big Ern’s buck) really made a consistent kid crop.  I only

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It’s baaack!!

Posted on June 02, 2014

     Hold your skirt down, the wind is back.  And it came back with a vengeance.  I hadn’t missed it and I hope it goes away soon.  Dry, dirty and windy….as Jodi Seelke stated earlier, “You can grow a garden in your ears.”         We are waiting in anticipation as Sasha the corgi is due anyday.  She looks miserable.  We knew the due date because somebody was present to document the

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