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Sep 02, 2011

Where's The Seedstock Sector Headed?

I really admire breed associations and believe strongly in what they’ve done for our industry in genetic improvement. Breed associations employ some....More
Sep 02, 2011

National ID Is Front & Center, Again

This issue of national identification and traceability has been an ugly one. The old National Animal Identification System (scheme) created a lot of....More
Sep 02, 2011

Can Cattlemen Learn A Lesson From DC?

Learning anything of value from the goings on in the Washington Beltway would seem to be an oxymoron, but perhaps we can learn from its mistakes. The....More
Aug 26, 2011

And Now Come Rising Hay Prices

Hay has always been a more regionalized market than broader commodities like corn and, to some degree, the latest run-up in hay prices is....More
Aug 26, 2011

It’s Too Late To Change My Anniversary

I’m not saying I’m not a romantic, but it probably lends some perspective to my status by saying that my new bride and I did look at cows on our....More
Aug 26, 2011

Cow-Calf vs. Feedlot

When it comes to genetics, there have always been a few antagonisms between the goals of cow-calf producers and feedyard producers. However, the....More
Aug 19, 2011

Will Beef Industry Transition Away From Corn?

The cattle industry is still learning to deal with the new reality of ethanol subsidies. As livestock producers, we can't compete with the subsidized....More
Aug 19, 2011

When The Conversation Died

Do you ever think that we get a little one dimensional in the cattle industry? I've long contended that one of our industry’s greatest strengths is....More
Aug 19, 2011

Focus Turns Squarely On D.C. & Wall Street

The die is cast; cattle numbers are going to be tight, and little can be done about Mother Nature. It appears the focus the next six months from a....More
Aug 11, 2011

Going From Macro To Micro

We spend a lot of time talking about the industry in aggregate. We talk about the chilling effect of ethanol subsidies on this industry, the....More
Aug 11, 2011

The Checkoff Moves Forward

It was not a process without some pain. But after all the meetings and the discussion, it appears the national beef checkoff apparatus is....More
Aug 11, 2011

Here Comes Price Differentiation!

When numbers are tight, as they are today, and excess capacity is chasing a small supply, price differentiation will tend to narrow. And, we’ve....More
Aug 05, 2011

What Does Size Have To Do With It?

Everyone talks about segmenting the cow-calf business based on size. Depending on how you define the groups, they basically boil down to this....More
Aug 05, 2011

Debt Deal Offers Cattle Industry Lessons

This week, the industry held its mid-year meeting to deal with real and substantive issues. I’m always amazed at the work of all the various....More
Aug 05, 2011

Plain & Simple, Our Industry Needs Trade

I’ve heard it said often: imports hurt us and exports don’t really help us. In fact, I’ve heard it so often that, at some level, one could almost....More
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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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