Thoughts from Kelln


Posted on January 27, 2016
   If you make a fruit salad and put grapes in it, the grapes always taste like grapes.  They don’t take on the flavor of strawberries, cherries or even the dreaded grapefruit.  Basically, the grapes are impervious to the other fruits.   Likewise, if you make a chex party mix, the pretzels always taste like pretzels.  They don’t take on the worcestershire sauce or the cayenne pepper. They stay pretzels.  Once again, the word impervious

Crunching #s

Posted on January 26, 2016
I’ve been studying several sets of numbers.  From the past several years.  Why?  I want to know if this flushing goats deal is worth it or not.  I know that I get a foul taste in my mouth when I mention flushing, but is it really that bad? Here’s what I will tell you: 1–It is a lot like Vegas.  In short, you better gamble often and put money on numerous does.  If you are

Finally–Vol. 2

Posted on January 25, 2016
Yes!  Yes!  Finally, yes!  The sun finally shined.  It was decent this morning, got warmer and was good all day.  For the first time in several weeks, one could go outside and not feel like they were being stabbed repeatedly with an ice pick.  The wheat and triticale in this part of the world had retreated back into the ground.  It perked up a bit today.  The does left the oat hay bale and headed


Posted on January 24, 2016
     Duke and I FINALLY found a day that we didn’t have other engagements or the weather wasn’t miserable.  We went quail hunting.  Now, the weather was butt-ass cold in the morning, but then the sun finally filtered through the clouds and it got decent.   We started the hunt off at Charlie’s on Friday night.  It was packed but the steaks were wicked good.  We then met at Brandon the Bruce’s on Saturday

Week’s End

Posted on January 23, 2016
      Hadn’t made it to this keyboard much this past week.  Maybe it has been froze up like everything else here in paradise.  I’m ready for sun.  It hasn’t been terribly cold, just miserable.  Oh well. We started the week headed to a livestock judging contest at NOC in Tonkawa,OK.  Wasn’t bad, wasn’t great.  One of the teams managed to place 3rd.  A few mistakes here and there cost them.  It happens.  As

Wether vs. Weather

Posted on January 17, 2016
     I’ve seen several sets of goats lately.  Actually, I’ve seen more doe kids than wethers.  (at least they were good doe kids)  These goats were in good shape and had been well cared for during the past month of weather that we have had here in paradise.  But, they hadn’t gained much. Even ones that had lived inside with heat.  Why haven’t they grown better?        Simply put, the weather.  It


Posted on January 16, 2016
        The racist term is something that drives me crazy.  It has our nation quasi-scared to move, for fear of offending somebody. Get over it.  This country was made of multiple races and religions.  It is what it is.  Personally, I have told a joke or two that offered “racist” tones.  I’ve even told jokes that involved German/Irish/Catholic tones–wait, what?!  I don’t get it?  I’ve told redneck jokes.  I have a touch


Posted on January 13, 2016
      Good luck to all of those that made the journey to the Mile High City.  I would like to be there, but it just ain’t in the cards.  

Good Days!

Posted on January 10, 2016
       The great thing about agricultural-related industries is that a bad day may yield good days.  Yes, it may take weeks, even months to realize that it WAS a good day.  Sometimes, it is hard to realize that a bay day was actually a good day.  Mark it down in your little books of important stuff.  1-9-16 was a good day in this old fart’s year.         Mother Nature dumped

Good Ones

Posted on January 7, 2016
       It is a common question to ask in the livestock world–“What does so-and-so judge like?”   The best answer to hear–“Without a doubt, you need a good one.” Personally, as a judge, buyer, shower, teacher, etc., I feel that I have been very consistent over the past decades in liking good ones.  Although types and kinds have changed, animals always need to be balanced, sound structured, plenty of muscle and have that