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Sep 01, 2009

Brace yourself

Across the board, government revenues are down dramatically. The federal government is in a very similar situation to the dairy industry, which has....More
Aug 01, 2009

One deleted word

The Clean Water Restoration Act came out of committee in June with little fanfare. However, it sent shockwaves through the cattle industry and others....More
Jun 11, 2009

Opinion: The Hits Just Keep Coming

You might want to send your favorite cattle industry lobbyist a gift certificate to a steakhouse close to your....More
Jun 08, 2009

Turning The Cows Out And Aligning Priorities

I absolutely love this time of year; it’s a great feeling taking cows to grass, especially when the grass is green and growing!....More
Jun 04, 2009

New Administration, New Strategic Plan?

After the first couple months of the new administration, the one thing we can say for certain is....More
Jun 04, 2009

JBS Prepares For Expected Packer Ban Legislation

The big news this week was that JBS restructured to shed its ownership stake in cattle in....More
May 15, 2009

A New D-Day For Social Security And Medicare?

Social Security was scheduled to run in the red by 2017, but that projection was expected to be revised downward this week....More
May 15, 2009

Opinion: Punishing Prudence; Rewarding Foolishness

We’ve all heard farmers remark that they don’t believe in subsidies but are forced to play the game because the....More
May 15, 2009

Is This A Good Or Bad Time To Enter The Beef Business?

A really outstanding group of high school students stopped by the ranch on a nationwide tour last week. I was asked....More
May 04, 2009

Luck Gets The Credit But Persistence Created The Luck

“Buy low and sell high.” There’s likely no sounder economic advice. It especially rings true in the cattle business with its cyclical nature. We’ve....More
Apr 30, 2009

The Time To Be Bullish Is Now!

Sure, there have been books written on the power of group think. And, with the global economy....More
Apr 24, 2009

Opinion: Desperation In The Environmental Movement?

All things considered, you'd think times couldn’t be better for the environmental....More
Apr 24, 2009

Opinion: The Genetic Defect Dilemma

National genetic evaluations have allowed the beef industry to identify those outlier....More
Apr 24, 2009

Opinion: Maybe Being Barn Blind Isn't All That Bad

We're all guilty of being a little “barn blind.” By that I mean our calves are usually better than others’calves, as is our cowherd....More
Apr 21, 2009

The Cattle Market Shows Some Pop

Whether it’s simply spring demand kicking in or tighter numbers catching up to the market, the entire cattle complex showed quite a bit of strength....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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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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