Author: Ken E. Knight

Learning the Difference From the Best: the Late Roy Keppy

(Dedicated to Roy Keppy, treasured friend, and mentor) The best mentor I ever had in the pork business was the late Roy Keppy. He taught me the difference between what the “radicals” are proposing and reality. Having worked side by side with Roy, both in the show ring and on the farm, I can assure you some of these atrocious welfare protesters would change their mind if they would had spent just one day with him. I learned firsthand what it was like to clean, disinfect, and sanitize an individual confined farrowing crate versus rotating A-frame huts to green...

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This Is No Bull

Remember when you were a kid and liked to play cowboy? There isn’t a boy who grew up on a farm or ranch that didn’t play out his fantasies of being Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes or the like. I think I played them all, but on one occasion I brought a little bit too much reality into the picture. My friend and I saddled up our ponies and headed for the pasture. With rope in hand, we approached the herd, quietly grazing about a half mile from home. Little did we know that amongst this herd of cows was...

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True Courage and the Christmas Miracle

This column is dedicated to my granddaughter, Breanna Kinneman, who was in a horrific car accident — for which her life was spared, but lost both of her legs. Breanna is our only granddaughter, so she’s been the ‘apple of our eye’ since she was born. One of four grandchildren, she has been spoiled by not only us, but the rest of the family. While growing up, she was always a favorite among her peers, so to have this horrific accident almost take her life was a tragedy that we couldn’t begin to bear. But as we look back,...

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The Christmas Greeting

It was magical — like that of a voice coming from the heavens: “Merry Christmas, Kenny!” We had just pulled into the Kansas City Railroad Depot. There were Christmas lights everywhere, and Christmas carols filled the air waves, like that of permeating the whole world with the spirit of Christmas. And all at once, there was this hush of total silence. The silence was deafening as I heard my name being spoken. A little boy, only 5 years old, never before away from home, it was just too much to take it all in. I realize now that the...

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Who Are You Following? | Pony Tales by Ponty

As the judge lines them up, from top to bottom, someone from the crowd was heard to say, “Which end is which?” That’s how confusing livestock judging has become. From the heartland of America, people have made their voices heard, and yet there are those that want to deny what they’re hearing. How can it be said that we’re a government of the people, for the people and by the people when their constitutional rights are being denied? Just as this is true of our pending president, it is equally true of our livestock judges – who aren’t listening to the masses, but rather, want to follow those of the least amount of knowledge about the livestock industry. When the voices of the few become louder than the wisdom of those that really know, we become self-destructive to an industry that has been strengthened over time by research and development. All the R&D has led to the finest meat products on the face of the earth. And yet, we seem to want to destroy it by going back to those times of mere survival. Today, we don’t want to work that hard, and wonder why ‘it’ doesn’t work. For many, it’s just easier to take shortcuts, and then blame the bank, the government, and anyone else who will listen. Listen up my friends: There’s no free lunch, and the...

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