Thoughts from Kelln

Snotty Noses

Posted on January 21, 2015

     How do you know when to be concerned about a snotty nose on a goat?  To me, it depends on the situation.  A baby with snot gets attention real quick.  A mature doe, well, I’ll check her later and see if she is clear.         When it comes to the show wethers, we take a “wait and see” approach.  First, it isn’t uncommon for any animal to have a little

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Posted on January 20, 2015

     Just got in from a livestock judging trip.  It’s been a few years since I’be hauled a livestock judging team.  Especially a team of 8th graders.  But it was a good trip and successful.  The team did well, but it is time to get reasons improved.  That, we can do.          Talked to a goat dad and his daughter at the contest.  They have 14 does on feed.  All are

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Aired Out

Posted on January 18, 2015

     Wow!  What a great day to live 3 miles south of Fargo, OKLAHOMA!  Yesterday was perfect weather for January in NW OK.  Today was a bit more typical. Dry and WINDY!   However, it was nice this morning, then the wind machine fired up to the mid 30s mph, but then it died back down about 6.  The sky is clear, the wind is calm and the stars are shining.  Basically, it is

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Refresher Course

Posted on January 16, 2015

     I’ve been in need of a refresher course for quite some time.  And in typical Kelln fashion, it took me a couple of weeks to even realize that I was already taking a class. As I look back over the last year in the goat showing business, I feel like I got the living crap kicked out of me.  But then, you stop, take a look and analyze the goats that I bought

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Posted on January 15, 2015

     I’m just sitting here pondering life.  I wish I was sitting in Denver pondering the goat show with Schoovy and Braden.  Ch sr. showman and res. Grand wether is a good day.  That is a day well worth pondering.  Congrats to that family on a job well done.  A few months ago I had plans on being there.  I am left pondering what happened?      Several months ago, I wrote about our

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Posted on January 11, 2015

     I think there is a liar or two around my place.  All of the thermometers say that it has been around 36 to 40 degrees F on this Sunday afternoon.  Well, it feels a lot colder than that.  I think the thermometers should be reading butt-ass cold.   I had an Arizonan dude tell me that 30 in the desert feels colder as there isn’t any humidity in the air.  And I quote,

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Posted on January 08, 2015

     Yes, I realize that it is still the first week of January, but it is time to be thinking about marketing product.  Which, in this case, we are talking about goats.  As a breeder, you have to be thinking ahead.  Ask yourself questions.  1–Have my past marketing strategies worked? 2–Am I leaving money on the table? 3–Are my show goats ending up in good hands? 4–How do I expand my market? 5–Am I

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Hall of Fame

Posted on January 07, 2015

     The major league baseball hall of fame elections were announced today.  There was discussion as to whether John Smoltz would get elected.  I thought he would and he did.  He was too good of a pitcher for too many years in various roles to not get elected.  I liked watching Smoltzy pitch.  But I really liked using him back in 1989-90 on the Nintendo game RBI 3.  He was unhittable.  I won several

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Posted on January 06, 2015

    Every ag teacher has their share of headaches.  But one that tops most lists is the Ag Farm.  The ag farm brings a whole list of problems.  Whose job is to keep it mowed?  Who builds the pens?  Who does the maintenance & fixes plumbing problems?  And the age old question of how do you keep people from borrowing\ stealing feed?     I have numerous thoughts and feelings about the good and

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Posted on January 04, 2015

     It was unusually  cold all week in Phoenix.  We came home to more cold.  Plain old Butt cold. Break ice, try to thaw out hydrants then bucket some water.  Make sure heat lamps are working.  If I ever move, its going to be some place with moderate temps and very little wind.   Costa Rica sounds nice.  There is a reason that I don’t live north of here.      Keep your critters

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