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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
Feb 16, 2012

11 Questions I’ve Never Had An Answer For

Here are 11 of life’s puzzles that I’ve never been able to figure out....More
Feb 09, 2012

Factoring Risk into the Equation2

I spent the last week attending bull sales and talking to commercial producers; the excitement in the marketplace is palpable. In view of historical....More
Feb 09, 2012

Beef Industry Indicates It’s Tired Of Infighting

While there are literally thousands of issues on the beef industry’s radar screen, the clearest message I picked up at last week’s Cattle Industry....More
Feb 09, 2012

HSUS Is Effective In Misleading The Public1 , which is affiliated with the right-leaning Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open....More
Feb 03, 2012

Price Roll Continues, But Expansion Still Slumbers

Everyone is talking about the bull-sale averages that have been posted early in this year’s bull sale season....More
Feb 02, 2012

NCBA Convention Is Off To A Bang In Nashville

Perhaps it isn’t surprising given today’s record prices, but – as of Thursday morning – attendance at this year’s Cattle Industry Convention has....More
Feb 02, 2012

The Industry Is Generating Lots Of Cool Ideas

Did you ever need grass and become frustrated about how difficult it is to find a lease? The industry has a pretty sophisticated and effective....More
Jan 27, 2012

Butler Resigns, Finalizing GIPSA Rule’s Demise6

Last week’s announcement that Dudley Butler was leaving USDA was taken by both sides of the GIPSA debate as a watershed event. Essentially,....More
Jan 27, 2012

U.S. Is Fertile Ground For Populist Arguments

Whether it was President Obama’s State of the Union speech, or arguments being made by Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and New....More
Jan 27, 2012

It’s Hard To Soar With The Eagles

As the saying goes, it’s hard to soar with the eagles when you strut with the turkeys. This has become a real issue with agriculture and how....More
Jan 20, 2012

Sound Science May Be An Unsound Strategy?6

This week, I attended a roundtable discussion at the National Western Stock Show where a panelist I respect tremendously made a very eloquent case....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...
What's My View From The Country?

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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