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Nov 21, 2013

It’s Bigger, But Angus Shares Much With Its Smaller Counterparts

Whether it’s a breed association, a state or national cattle organization, or even an anti-livestock group, if you want to understand their....More
tips for successful ranch partnerships
Nov 17, 2013

How To Successfully End A Ranching Partnership

Partnerships are common in the beef industry, and many business partnerships have been successful for decades. But sometimes good things come to an....More
cattle market prices continue higher
Nov 15, 2013

High Prices Are Just Part Of The Equation

Every market outlook calls for record high prices the next few years. While that’s encouraging, those high prices also raise some questions for....More
eliminating trans fats
Nov 14, 2013

Eliminating Trans Fats – What This Means For Beef Producers

Food activists continue to wage war on any food products they don’t like. The recent move to ban trans fats is just the most latest attack. “Big deal....More
Nov 14, 2013

What Do We Do About The .01 Percent Of Producers Who Actually Abuse Animals?

Another disturbing video surfaced this week showing animal abuse. Given the frailty of the human condition, it may be that the industry can never....More
ranch management tips
Nov 10, 2013

Successful Ranch Managers Need To Look Back To Go Forward

Managing a ranch, and managing the people who work for you, are difficult assignments. It’s important to look ahead, but it’s necessary to look back....More
Nov 07, 2013

Politics: Perhaps It’s A Good Thing We’re Not Good At It

There’s been a long and ongoing trend in U.S. politics toward polarization, which leads to the inability to debate issues, find common ground and....More
Nov 07, 2013

Russia: The Great Bear Is Getting Ready To Growl

Russians have been aggressive players in buying both commercial and seedstock genetics from the U.S. in an effort to expand their cattle industry....More
national ffa lessons
Nov 07, 2013

FFA Teaches Lessons That Get Better With Age

I wish I would have better understood the opportunities organizations like FFA gave me at the time I participated. But it says a lot about an....More
farm bill debate continues in washington
Nov 07, 2013

Despite Incentive To Act Quickly, Farm Bill Progress Unlikely

House and Senate farm bill conferees have begun meeting to hammer out a compromise on a new farm bill that is now two years overdue....More
Nov 01, 2013

With 60% Of U.S. Corn Harvested, Things Are Looking Good

The U.S. cattle industry is far more competitive in the global protein market when we have abundant corn. The latest corn progress reports shows 60%....More
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Oct 25, 2013

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Provides A Real-World Taste To Urbanites

Most community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs are focused on little operations that mostly specialize in vegetables or produce, but there are....More
Oct 24, 2013

My Wife’s Absence Exposes Beef’s Convenience Shortcomings

With my wife’s absence because of a three-week trip, my three kids and I have been conducting our own little research project in convenience foods,....More
Oct 24, 2013

If Cattle Follow Feed and Feed Follows Water, Is Cattle Feeding Moving North?

The removal of excess feeding capacity currently underway in the U.S. is fairly one-sided geographically. Thus, the feeding capacity in the Corn Belt....More
Oct 24, 2013

The Simple Math For Obamacare Just Doesn’t Pencil Out

The U.S. isn’t the first country to move toward socialized medicine, and there is good data upon which to base our conclusions on the outcome....More

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...
What's My View From The Country?

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

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