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Mar 15, 2012

It's The Headline That Matters, Folks1

It was a bad, bad week for the beef industry, as two sensational and negative headlines competed for national attention. The first regarded the “pink....More
Mar 15, 2012

Once Again, Science Isn’t The Answer!4

With all the controversy about finely textured lean beef, the industry has rightly responded by providing good science to explain why these....More
Mar 09, 2012

A Final Shot In The Checkoff Battle2

Most everyone is excited that, as an industry, we seem to have put the checkoff debate behind us and are moving forward. I think most everyone is....More
Mar 09, 2012

Gas Prices, Election Are Keys In Beef Demand3

Industry economists seem to be unanimous in their thinking that times and prices in the beef business will be extremely good – unless some outside....More
Mar 08, 2012

Cattle Market Finally Takes A Breather

After last week’s record fed prices and new highs on the futures market, the futures market sharply declined this week, bringing fed cattle prices....More
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

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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