My View From The Country

My Favorite Sentiment From The Cattle Industry Convention

Despite tremendous market fundamentals, the weather prospects for spring and summer 2013 make for a lot of industry anxiety.

A producer who walked out of the CattleFax outlook session last week in Tampa, FL, called me upon exiting the session. He recounted the great fundamentals, all the opportunity, and all the risks discussed by the speakers. The irony is that this industry is sitting on a set of tremendous fundamentals, but with two massive dark clouds overhead – the drought and the macroeconomic conditions. He characterized it as sitting on the top of hill and waiting to see if you get hit by the lightning before the rain starts. I thought that was a pretty accurate description.

You can learn more about the market picture here, the weather picture here, and take a virtual tour of the NCBA convention here.

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What's My View From The Country?

As a fulltime rancher, opinion contributor Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.


Troy Marshall

Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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