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Fred's Armchair Philosophy

 

 
Kelpie & Jake: Trusted friends and tireless workers:They have moved on to a better & easier place:
Kelpie & Jake: Trusted friends and tireless workers:They have moved on to a better & easier place:
On this page of the Five Lazy Heart Boer Goat website, I will occasionally express my opinions of Life's happenings as I see them from my Armchair. I don't expect all to agree with me, nor, do I expect all to disagree with me; this page is just intended to be a fun page that at times I will put up photos or text, some informational, some serious, some not, it is only to have some fun with, or, to bring happenings of the world, that some may not have the opportunity to see from their chair, to this website for all to enjoy or just to think about.

I've set in a lot of chairs over the years, some hard, some soft, some hot, some not, now I've found and settled in my favorite chair to reflect on life present and past.

These days as in the old barn photo, and on the face of my old Blue Healer Jake; I've grown a bit long in the tooth, I'm a little broken down, and I'm just a bit cantankerous at times.



This is the Barn my Dad built in the early 1900's, That is still standing today: Now unused

This is the Barn my Dad built in the early 1900's, That is still standing today: Now unused

 

Over time I've developed opinions of those things that just continually happen around the world, in this country, and here at home, some right, some wrong, some controversial, some not. Sometimes folks agree with me, sometimes not, but either way it always makes for a good conversation to pass the time of day.

Please enjoy with me

 



All full blood Boers are South African
Out of the Mouths of Babes
 
 


 



    This is a poem I ran across the other day and thought how well it may fit with many of our lives in this fast passed world we live in today:
 
      Before it's to late:
 
Around the corner I have a friend,

In this great city that has no end,
yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
and before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows
I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
and now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
'Tomorrow' I say! 'I will call on Jim
Just to show that I'm thinking of him.'
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
and distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
'Here's a telegram sir,' 'Jim died today.'
And that's what we get and deserve in the
end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
Remember to always say what you mean.
If you love someone, tell them.
Because when you decide that it is
the right time it might
be too late.
Seize the day. Never have regrets.
And most importantly, stay close to your
friends
and family, for they have helped
make you the person that you are today.

 

Author Unknown:
 


 

Jeff Foxworth on Wyoming  


If 'vacation' to you means going shopping for the weekend in Casper or Cheyenne (while the kids swim at the Comfort Inn)
You might live in Wyoming


If parking your car for the night involves an extension cord,
 
You might live in Wyoming


If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 8 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by,
You might live in Wyoming


If you're proud that your state makes the national news primarily because it houses the coldest spot in the nation,
You might live in Wyoming.


If you have ever refused to buy something because it's 'too spendy',
You might live in  Wyoming

 
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March,
You might live in Wyoming .

 
If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there,
You might live in  Wyoming .


If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead,
You might live in Wyoming .

 
If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time,

You might live in
Wyoming .

 
If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,
You might live in Wyoming .

 
If you know how to correctly pronounce Dubois, Kemmerer, and Fontenelle. 
You might live in Wyoming .

 
If you measure distance in hours,
You might live in Wyoming .


If your family vehicle is a crew cab pickup,
You might live in Wyoming .

 
If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once,

You might live in Wyoming .


If you often switch from 'heat' to 'A/C'in the same day and back again,
You might live in Wyoming .

 
If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching,
You might live in Wyoming .


If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events,
You might live in Wyoming .


If you've installed security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked,
You might live in Wyoming

 
If the largest traffic jam in your town centers around a high school basketball game,
You might live in
Wyoming .


If you carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them,
You might live in
Wyoming .


If there are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Wal-Mart at any given time,
You might live in
Wyoming .


If there are more people at work on Christmas Eve Day than on Opening of Deer Season,
You might live in
Wyoming .

 
If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit,
You might live in
Wyoming .


If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow,
You might live in
Wyoming .


If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction,
You might live in
Wyoming .


If you can identify a southern or eastern accent,
You might live in  Wyoming .


If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your cottonwood,
You might be from Wyoming .

 
If a brat is something you eat,
You might live in Wyoming .


If finding your misplaced car keys involves looking in the ignition,
You might live in Wyoming .


If you find 0 degrees 'a little warm,'

You might live in  Wyoming .


If you actually understand these observations:
You ARE from  Wyoming . 

 


A refresher course on WD40--who knew?

'I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup.  I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do.  Probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told
him to get his WD-40 and clean it off.  It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I was impressed! WD-40-- who knew?'

Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts.  WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'water
displacement' compound.  They were successful with the fortieth formulation; thus WD-40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.


Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you...'It is made from fish oil.'

 

When you read the 'shower door' part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. Then try it on your stovetop.  It is now shinier than it has ever been before.

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.

2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.

5) Keeps flies off cows!

6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7) Removes lipstick stains.

8) Loosens stubborn zippers.

9) Untangles jewelry chains.

10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.

15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.

18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car. Removed quickly, with WD-40!

20) Gives a childís play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21) Lubricates gear shift on lawn mowers.

22) Rids kids' rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.

24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31) Removes splattered grease on stove.

32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34) Keeps pigeonís off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35) Removes all traces of duct tape.

36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

37) Floridaís favorite use: 'cleans and removes Love Bugs from grills and bumpers.'

38) Protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

39) WD-40 attracts fish.  Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.

40) Fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls.  Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

42) If you've washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the Lipstick spots with WD-40 and re-wash.. Presto! Lipstick is gone!

43) If you spray WD-40 on the distributor cap, it will displace the moisture and allow the car to start. 

Keep a can of WD-40 in your kitchen cabinet over the stove. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling away and heals with NO scarring.         

Remember, the basic ingredient is FISH OIL!

Author unknown:

 

 



 

 

This is probably the most important article you'll ever read if you are serious about making money in the meat goat business.  Read it and re read it and then copy and paste it into your goat file so you'll have it to read and use again later!!!!

Article by Marvin F. Shurley - July 29, 2004
VALUE OF A BUCK (not a dollar)

With the end of August and all of the attendant Labor Day
sales, along with the start of our traditional breeding season upon
us we are going to take a look at the value of a buck in dollars
returned to a producer. In today's market place quite probably a
quality breeding buck might be the biggest bargain you could find.
This statement is true regardless of your end market, whether it is
show, breeding or slaughter stock production. Other than
management or marketing, no other factor stands to improve your
bottom line better than purchase of a top quality buck. You must
though have a target market in mind when you go to select your new
sire.
If you are looking for a new sire, first look at what you
need in your herd in order to enhance your chances at producing what
your consumers want. These selection criteria will vary slightly
from which market you address but there is one common thread in the
show, breeding and slaughter stock market. A cheap buck won't always
provide what you need, so go to buy with an open mind and an open
checkbook. The dollars you will spend are an investment in your
herds' future. Quality will cost in the short run and payoff in the
end, so don't hold back if you see or have the opportunity to buy the
right goat.
The show/breeding market whether for wether goats or stock
for breeding goat classes is so subject to the variances, vagaries,
and views of individual judges it is anyone's guess as to what is the
right goat today. Since showing and winning is subjective depending
on one or more judges views on that particular day of the show this
is a tough nut to crack. Who knows what Mr. or Mrs. Judge will want
THAT day; yes style, balance, structural correctness, and muscling
count heavily, but with respect to all judges, everyone has a
different view of what they consider ideal. For this reason placing
a dollar value on breeding bucks for this show market segment is the
most difficult of all markets we could address.
Since the end market for all goats though is the slaughter
market, provided they don't die on your farm, I am going to take the
easy way out. This easy out being the ability to show what a breeding
buck is truly worth when an objective system of valuation is used.
The objective judging system mentioned is what they weigh when you
run their offspring across the scales at sale time. It happens that
most of the various buck performance test end before the Labor Day
weekend and participating producers will have data on ADG (average
daily gain) on bucks they will be offering for sale. Daily gains on
these test bucks usually run anywhere from around 1 pound to 0.4
pounds per day, so we are going to look at what the value of a better
gaining buck is worth in relation to dollars put back in the
farmers/ranchers pocket.
Since many producers keep kids for 100 days before selling we
will use the 100- day figure for ease of calculations. An attentive
producer will be aware of what his kids are averaging weight wise at
sale time. Based on the 100-day figure, if they gain .6 pounds per
day they will be hitting the scales at 60 pounds, which is a
realistic figure for many commercial operations, especially with some
supplemental feeding. At the second weekly sale in July of this year
goats in this weight range moved at prices up to $1.41 per pound in
selected markets making them worth $84.60 each. If you are running
100 head of does and selling off a 150% kid crop for 150 head to
sell, this equates a return of $12,690.00 to you, the producer, or
$126.90 per production unit (doe). Not bad, but we can do better.
So let's go buck shopping for an animal that rates above
average in ADG and find us one that will add .2 or 2/10 of a pound
ADG to our kid crop. Why this is important and the value of that
additional weight is going to become apparent.
Now when we run our kids across the scales at 100 days of age
they weigh 80 pounds instead of 60 pounds like the year before. The
second weekly sale of July this year this weight class brought up to
$1.25 per pound or a smooth $100.00 per head. Using the same 100
does with 150% kid crop we just sold $15,000.00 worth of goat kids
compared to $12,690.00 last year. Will you look at that! In just
one year we jumped up $2,310.00 in gross receipts from strictly by
the pound slaughter sales, and we only had to buy one goat.
If you will extrapolate this figure out to the four years of
prime breeding we can expect from an average buck his true value to
our herd and our pocket book is $9,240.00. This is a true objective
valuation of a goat and unlike the show arena is unaffected by the
variances and vagaries of one person's opinion like the show stock
values are. Yet we in the meat goat industry seem ensnared in the
trap of wanting to buy this year's hottest show goat bloodlines and
ignore performance test results when it comes to buck selection.
I have to admit it leaves me shaking my head in wonderment
why producers will pay in the $2,000-$10,000 range for a hot show
winning bloodline animal yet cringe at paying an equal amount for un-
shown, but proven performance tested bloodlines. Will we as an
industry progress to the point to where we recognize the value of a
buck? Who is to say; right now we certainly aren't there as
reflected in the price differences in show stock and tested stock.
We all know the value of a dollar and I hope this article helps show
you, the producer, the value of a buck
 

 
From Carter Livestock
Lancaster Ohio
    "Never underestimate the importance of your herd sire! Some say that your buck represents up to 70% of your herd! The buck imprints his width, length, muscling, overall balance, structural correctness, and growth vigor into every one of his offspring. Although you can not say enough about the value of a good doe, a doe can never carry a mediocre buck. A great buck however, can improve even the poorest specimen of a doe."
 
 
 

 


 

 

 
 

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