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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. Terrific as always Cecil. Beautiful work man!
  5. We had a power failure.
  6. 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.
  7. @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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. A set of twin bucklings were born today. 50% Kiko and 50% Boer mix.
  11. 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!
  12. I'm not involved, but I believe they are using tilapia from my hatchery (sold through Allied Aqua) and Chris at Allied has sold some equipment/supplies to them. HOK is a major global engineering and architecture firm. They are especially well known for the huge sports stadiums they design. Polsinelli is a very large law firm with huge corporate clients. Barkley ad agency is a major advertising and marketing firm with loads of big corp clients. Assuming these companies are legitimate partners and not just loosely affiliated and being used for name dropping, the project has some impressive backing. It'll be interesting.
  13. KC urban aquaponics project hooks business support Mar 27, 2017, 7:41am CDT A Kansas City project to raise fish and vegetables in an urban food desert is netting support from area businesses. Nile Valley Aquaponics celebrated its grand opening on Friday. The project, at 29th Street and Wabash Avenue in Kansas City, is designed as a self-sustaining system in which tilapia are raised in tanks, with waste in the water used to fertilize vegetables. Products would be sold locally and the project would add jobs in the inner city. At the grand opening, Tony McGrail, an HOK project architect, unveiled a million-dollar expansion that would add buildings and double Nile Valley's harvest to 120,000 pounds a year, according to The Kansas City Star. A fundraising campaign is underway. Project leader Dre Taylor said he's also receiving assistance from the Barkley advertising agency and law firm Polsinelli PC. Taylor told the Star it was "the best team money can't buy, because I don't have any money." Read More: http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2017/03/27/kc-urban-aquaponics-project-hooks-business-support.html?ana=e_ae_set3&s=article_du&ed=2017-03-27&u=o3GE9ZvKZYvGto9w%2FGM%2Bh9TzxLD&t=1490645805&j=77761151
  14. Great to hear from you Dave!
  15. "The project will receive nearly $3.6 million in federal funding to build an aquaponics farm in Kermit, allowing them to grow sustainable, commercial quantities of fish and vegetables. The project’s goal is to grow sustainable food while employing displaced workers. It is a collaboration among the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, Coalfield Development Corporation and Refresh Appalachia." WOW! That's a lot of taxpayer money.