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Jul 22, 2011

Technology Impacts Industry "Community"

Modern livestock production is a highly competitive, low-margin business. These are conditions that lead to concentration and consolidation, and....More
Jul 15, 2011

CBB Resignations Solve Little

The resignations in the last 2-3 weeks of the CEO and chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) put the checkoff into a position where trust can....More
Jul 15, 2011

When It's Dry In Texas, We All Get Thirsty

I love Texas and Texans. I love their love of football, independence, pride, their manners, barbecue and a whole host of things that make Texas....More
Jul 15, 2011

Debt-Ceiling Debate Illustrates D.C. Politics

As hard as I try, I can never wrap my mind around all the dynamics associated with D.C. politics. The debt ceiling showdown is another issue that is....More
Jul 15, 2011

GIPSA Is A Debate Of Several Tiers

The bulk of the industry’s debate over GIPSA has centered, and rightfully so, around the proposed rule’s intent to turn the cattle market into a....More
Jul 08, 2011

The Quality Revolution Awakens

The discussion of late has been focused around risk, grain prices, export demand, rising input costs, GIPSA, etc. All of this, coupled with....More
Jul 08, 2011

Road Trip

I found myself watching the truck and trailer pull out of the yard last week, loaded up with four heifers, three kids, one mom and enough feed and....More
Jul 08, 2011

Finding The High Road Proves Difficult

As mentioned last week ("Do We Take The High Or The Low Road?”, the industry did take some steps to remedy the breaches in ethics and to try to....More
Jul 01, 2011

Lots Of Acres

Despite all the concern about too much moisture during planting, USDA’s latest crop estimate put the number of acres planted to corn at the second-....More
Jul 01, 2011

I'm A Rancher

Ever get asked what you do for a living? I’ve never known a rancher who doesn’t take a certain pride in answering that question with “I’m a rancher.”....More
Jul 01, 2011

Do We Take The High Or The Low Road?

While the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) debacle came to a head this week with the resignation of CEO Tom Ramey, it really began with letters delivered....More
Jun 24, 2011

The Ethanol Surprise From Congress

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has been working extremely hard to put cattlemen back on an equal footing with the ethanol industry....More
Jun 24, 2011

GIPSA's One-Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that the one-year anniversary of the unveiling of the GIPSA livestock marketing rules occurred this week in 2010....More
Jun 24, 2011

The Dark Cloud Of Tighter Numbers

Tight supplies, higher prices and higher input costs are the fundamentals of the marketplace we are experiencing today. Along with higher costs, we....More
Jun 17, 2011

When Apologies Make Things Worse

The latest round of the checkoff fiasco reminds me of a vacation movie scene where the dad pulls over to the side of the road and announces to the....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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