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Oct 08, 2015

When you realize getting old isn’t that bad

We all grow older. The question is, do we grow wiser as well?....More
Oct 08, 2015

Is profit possible right now for feeders? Unfortunately, no

Will the cattle market correct itself from its recent downturn?....More
Oct 01, 2015

Are beef checkoff allocations enough to keep beef producers in the game?1

I guess we should be thankful we have such a great product, because our industry’s investment in that product, by almost any definition, certainly....More
Oct 01, 2015

Cinch up; Market uncertainty isn’t going away2

The U.S. is learning that our market future is no longer solely determined by what we do....More
Sep 24, 2015

Here’s what separates the empire builders from the rest1

Those who start at the bottom and reach the very top of the cattle business do things differently....More
Sep 17, 2015

Hey Dad – When did you know?

One doesn’t expect to get asked deep philosophical questions about life when cleaning a horse stall, but when you have teenagers, you never know....More
Sep 17, 2015

Superior genetics and superior management; Are we asking the right questions?

A good many coffee shop debates are focused on one of two areas—what is the definition of superior genetics and superior management and how do we....More
Sep 17, 2015

Has the anti-livestock camp gone too far?2

The anti-livestock, anti-meat and environmental camps came together this week to release a report designed to shame restaurants into adopting a no-....More
Sep 10, 2015

Cattle market musings from a frustrated rancher

A perplexing cattle market means we have to look globally for answers....More
Sep 10, 2015

It’s time to speak up about NCBA’s future

It is time for NCBA members to make sure that their elected leadership hears their voice to make the best decisions possible in what everyone agrees....More
Sep 03, 2015

Before you strive to be better, determine if it’s right to start with2

When considering your business model and whether or not it will be valid in the future, it is often easier or at least safer to do things as they....More
Sep 03, 2015

WOTUS: What would our founding fathers say?8

The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has created much angst and confusion in cattle country. And the rule itself is just the beginning. If the rule is....More
Aug 27, 2015

When China growls, everyone gets heartburn4

The global marketplace is in the jitters. The cattle futures market, taking its lead from other jittery markets, has been in a free-fall the past two....More
Aug 27, 2015

The great desk conspiracy: How a tom cat initiated my office clean up

Sometimes it takes extraordinary events to force an office cleanup. But the maleficence of a tom cat did the trick for this Cow-Calf Weekly editor....More
Aug 20, 2015

Is tradition holding your ranching operation back?

Most traditions are valid and useful. But don’t be afraid to cull those that aren’t....More
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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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As a fulltime rancher, opinion contributor Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.

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