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Mar 08, 2012

Why All The Talk About Expansion?3

A cattleman who I rely on for sage advice said something to me this week that really got me to thinking. He asked why everyone is encouraging....More
Mar 01, 2012

Packer Ban Legislation Is Back

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a bill this week that would ban packers from owning or feeding livestock intended for slaughter. Other lead....More
Mar 01, 2012

Dissecting The Fringe Elements

The longer I study the fringe elements in this country, and the leaders who drive these activist groups, the more obvious it becomes that we’ll never....More
Mar 01, 2012

North Korea Needs Some Good U.S. Steak

One of the major headlines this week was that the impoverished socialist state of North Korea had agreed to limit nuclear tests in exchange for food....More
Mar 01, 2012

How Much Is A Good Bull Worth?5

I received several emails last week questioning my comments about the increased value of genetics and whether one can justify the record prices we’re....More
Feb 24, 2012

Looking For Reproductive Efficiency Answers

During the recent national Cattle Industry Convention, I sat in on a meeting where the crux of the discussion was how best to improve reproductive....More
Feb 23, 2012

Writing Aloud What I Wouldn’t Say Aloud6

I'm not the sort who likes to share my feelings in person; it’s easier for me in my writing. In fact, I once almost quit a men’s....More
Feb 23, 2012

Sustainability Has A Whole Lot Of Meanings4

There were a couple of big announcements recently. First, McDonald’s announced it is looking at phasing out the use of gestation stalls among....More
Feb 16, 2012

How Do You View Mistakes On Your Operation?2

There are two different kinds of mistakes; some are preventable and some aren’t. Take calving season, for instance; a calf dies because it was born....More
Feb 16, 2012

How About Just Leaving Livestock Alone?1

As discussions about the next farm bill begin to get earnest, it’s widely accepted that subsidies will be dramatically reduced, especially direct....More
Feb 16, 2012

11 Questions I’ve Never Had An Answer For

Here are 11 of life’s puzzles that I’ve never been able to figure out....More
Feb 09, 2012

Factoring Risk into the Equation2

I spent the last week attending bull sales and talking to commercial producers; the excitement in the marketplace is palpable. In view of historical....More
Feb 09, 2012

Beef Industry Indicates It’s Tired Of Infighting

While there are literally thousands of issues on the beef industry’s radar screen, the clearest message I picked up at last week’s Cattle Industry....More
Feb 09, 2012

HSUS Is Effective In Misleading The Public1 , which is affiliated with the right-leaning Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open....More
Feb 03, 2012

Price Roll Continues, But Expansion Still Slumbers

Everyone is talking about the bull-sale averages that have been posted early in this year’s bull sale season....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...
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