kellenw

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    Kellen Weissenbach resides in Smithville, MO USA and is the Hatchery Manager for White Brook Tilapia Farm.
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  1. Hi Kellen,

    On the respect thread , I think we have gone off topic..Could you move the political gobblgook that has been posted over the last couple of days to another more appropriate thread please?

    Also there's a report that's been highlighted to me for the last couple of weeks if you could take the notification away please? I've read it now

    How have you been anyhow, I've seen bits and pieces of your posts on fb apart from that haven't seen much of you...

    Cheers

     

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      kellenw

      Hi BD!  Life's been a bit crazy lately (mostly in good ways), but I'm still quietly checking in on things.  Really looking forward to getting a few things off my plate so I can start trolling all of you guys on the forum more often again. haha.

      I'll take a look at the thread and the notification.  Thanks man and take care! :)

  2. Hi Gary, We've had several people inquire about the business, but nothing too serious as of yet. We have been pretty busy at the hatchery, so we haven't really actively promoted its availability, other than a few posts here and there, that we made several months back.
  3. Dr Wilson Lennard, Australian Aquaponic Scientist and Consultant, has released a new book on commercial aquaponic system design and management called Commercial Aquaponic Systems: integrating recirculating fish culture with hydroponic plant production. The book is almost 400 pages long, A4 in size and full color. A table of contents and first chapter is available for download for free to understand what the book contains before purchase. Content and purchase details may be found at the Aquaponic Solutions web site: www.aquaponic.com.au
  4. Thanks Gary. We really hate to give up the hatchery, but I have been burning the candle at both ends for many years, and it's time to simplify things. My biggest concern is finding someone who will run it well and enjoy it and benefit from it as much as we have. This will also eventually free up some time for me to dedicate a lot more attention to some other AP and iAVS projects I've been wanting to do for a very long time, and allow me to spend a lot more time on the forum.
  5. White Brook Tilapia Farm is for Sale! After a decade of successful business, we have decided it is time to work towards simplifying a bit, and to begin the process of looking for a new steward for White Brook Tilapia Farm. Don’t worry, we intend to continue normal operations until we find a suitable person or entity to take over, so orders will not be impacted in any way, and the phones will still be answered by a helpful friendly voice when you need us. Bottom line is we’re here for you, and that commitment is not changing. We have thoroughly enjoyed this venture, and boy has the time flown by. It has been an enormous blessing having the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people, and the friendships we have made through our involvement in the aquaculture and aquaponics communities will last a lifetime. It’s just time for us to start winding down some of our commitments, so we can focus more specifically on others - including family, friends, other business and farm commitments, and maybe a little more leisure time (we’ll see about that last one). Assets included in the sale: 1. All related branding, the tilapiasource.com domain name, logos and e-commerce website. Optionally, we have several additional tilapia and aquaculture domain names available as well. 2. Our entire inventory of tilapia breeders. This includes all 5 strains that we manage and sell. In total, probably about 230 breeders. 3. About 100 aquariums consisting of 40 gallon breeders, 55 gallon standards and 75 gallon standards all drilled with bulkhead fittings for centralized filtration. Also numerous smaller nursery tanks and holding tanks. 4. Hatchery equipment – McDonald style hatching jars, UV sterilizers, pumps, filters, etc. 5. Established retail customer base – Existing clientele and sales. 6. Established drop ship customer base – We drop ship fish for some other companies as well. 7. Vendor and supplier lists – We’ve already done the legwork of finding reliable low cost suppliers for shipping supplies, heavily discounted shipping rates, etc. 8. Training on how to properly handle, prepare and package live fish for transport. 9. Disease free inspection certificate (required for legal shipping of live tilapia in the US). 10. Non-competition agreement – We will no longer breed tilapia fingerlings to sell once the sale of the business assets are finalized and paid for. Please contact us at corp@tilapiasource.com regarding asking price, or to request further details. Best Wishes, Kellen Weissenbach Founder
  6. We do a lot of stuff besides just aquaponics and aquaculture at the farm. One of those things we do is maintain a herd of about 20-30 goats (primarily meat goat breeds). Our two purebred AKGA registered Kiko herd sires for Fall breeding season will be JAW GUSTO (white) and MKG 38-15 ZEUS (black). Gusto is about 4 years old and tips the scales at nearly 300 pounds. Zeus is a little over 2 years old now and about 230 pounds, and will probably end up at about 300 as well, once fully grown. They're in full rut and ready to go right now, but they still have to wait about a month until the ladies are ready for them. Can't wait to see the kids they produce. They should be some really good ones! We'll have a lot of them too since most of our does twin every year. We could have up to about 30-40 kids in the spring. Always fun!
  7. Terrific as always Cecil. Beautiful work man!
  8. We had a power failure.
  9. Goats are pretty funny, and provide a lot of entertainment. They are also fantastic at cleaning up weeds and overgrown brush. They aren't entirely maintenance free though. Deworming when needed, hoof trimming, etc. The lowest maintenance are typically Spanish goats, Myotonic goats and Kiko goats. If you're going to keep a couple of males, it's best to get wethers (fixed goats). Intact males stink pretty badly, especially during Fall rut. For wethers, I think Bokis (50% Boer, 50% Kiko) are also fantastic.
  10. @Old Prospector - Totally agree. We have a pretty strong market here for goat meat, which is helpful. You can make a bit more selling from the farm, but sale barn prices have been strong and rising for the last several years here as well. I'm going to try to market the best bucklings as replacement breeder bucks to try and get a few extra dollars, and probably whether a couple and grow out to a bit larger size to put in the freezer. Any remaining will be sold for meat. Our long term plan is to continue to breed our herd up to "purebred" kikos, and sell registered breeders. We'll always have lots of culls to deal with though, so we'll be in the meat business still too.
  11. Nice! We have had 6 kids (3 sets of twins) so far from our does. Unfortunately, 5 out of 6 are bucklings. I was hoping for a good crop of doelings this year to add to the herd. I have 3 more does left to kid, and they should be birthing within the next 3-5 days hopefully. There better be a lot of girls this next round!
  12. Nice! Though, I'm hoping you don't have to bottle feed. We are considering adding some hair sheep this year for meat. I like katahdins alot, so that's the breed we'll probably go with here, but Spælsau sheep look like really hardy animals too.
  13. A set of twin bucklings were born today. 50% Kiko and 50% Boer mix.
  14. Our primary kidding season is here! Some of the does could begin dropping kids as soon as this weekend. Going to be a fun 3 or so weeks coming up!