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Jun 13, 2008

Grandma Had Good Advice For Political Strategists

One of my grandmother’s favorite admonishments to me and my brother was that “criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep weeds out of your own.” My....More
Jun 13, 2008

The Seedstock Industry Has Lost A Little Confidence

Few would describe the U.S. beef industry as overly optimistic these days. After all, the prodigious and deep change wracking the beef economy has....More
Jun 13, 2008

Happy Father’s Day!

We were all sitting around last week talking about our dads and how, growing up, we all loved and respected our dads but never wanted to cross the....More
Jun 01, 2008

This election could devastate us

Don't get excited, I won't give my opinion of the candidates or look at how they stand on issues important to the cattle industry and agriculture in....More
May 16, 2008

The Horse Ban & The Law Of Unintended Consequences

The banning of horse slaughter in the U.S. was one of those emotional ideas everyone agreed with initially and that rather handily passed into law....More
May 01, 2008

Three keys to growing demand

The beef industry has long understood that from a demand standpoint, the mission is quite simple. We need to increase the number of customers, the....More
Feb 01, 2008

Should we just accept and adapt?

Accept and adapt has certainly been the rallying cry of leading management gurus regarding the government-created ethanol boom. These experts have a....More
Jan 17, 2008

It's Stock Show Time In Denver

Football has the Super Bowl, soccer has the World Cup, and baseball has its World Series. For the seedstock and show industries, it's the National....More
Jan 01, 2008

I don't get it, but I understand it

I don't get it, but I understand it, is a phrase worthy of legendary baseball sage and manager Yogi Berra. But that brilliant piece of wisdom was....More
Dec 01, 2007

Packer ban is a step backwards

At press time, the Senate Agriculture Committee had just included language that would place a ban on packer ownership of livestock - in the Senate....More
Nov 09, 2007

Quality Vs. Cost Is The Real Divide In The Industry

The recent confrontation between those opposed to the value-based changes that have occurred in the marketplace and those supporting them have deep....More
Nov 02, 2007

Packer-Ownership Ban Survives Senate Committee

The Senate Ag Committee included language that would place a ban on packer ownership of livestock in the Senate version of the farm bill....More
Oct 01, 2007

Talking the game vs. living it

I've attended some educational meetings where I learned that by instituting some changes in our grazing strategy I was sure we could consistently....More
Sep 27, 2007

Does A New Japanese Ag Minister Equal New Hope?

Japan introduced another ag minister this week, which begs the obvious question: "Will the leadership change slow up the process of liberalizing....More
Sep 14, 2007

There's Only One Cure To Excess Feeding Capacity

Talk to almost any cattle feeder for very long and he'll express dismay at the cost of feeder cattle and calves. Despite a fed market averaging....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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