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Oct 07, 2011

Is It Time For Cowman Anonymous?

I'm thinking about starting a new self-help program. I'd call it Cowman Anonymous. At this point, however, I’m not advocating for a 12-step program,....More
Oct 07, 2011

Who Are We Trying To Influence?

A recent article in the Kansas City Star that highlighted the deaths of animals in confinement operations during the recent record heat wave caused....More
Sep 30, 2011

Making Sense Of Cattle-On-Feed Numbers

At first glance, it’s kind of surprising that placements into feedyards so far this year are up 3.5%, while available supplies are expected to be....More
Sep 30, 2011

Who Expected A Downtrend In Chicken?

The weak economy was supposed to be a plus for the chicken industry. After all, it has a price-competitive advantage over pork and beef. The common....More
Sep 30, 2011

Bad Politics, Or Too Many Variables?

After several years without a budget and unprecedented growth in the national deficit, one rating company recently downgraded the U.S. credit rating....More
Sep 23, 2011

Position Yourself For The Great Opportunity

This week I attended a conference meant to specifically look at heifer development. There was a tremendous amount of good information presented, with....More
Sep 16, 2011

Opinion: An R-CALF Press Conference. Really?

R-CALF continued to press forward this week with its hay pollutant argument, scheduling a press conference for next week in Kansas (see “R-CALF’s....More
Sep 16, 2011

It’s A Long Way To The Election

President Obama’s approval rating hit all-time new lows last week. Republicans won two congressional special elections by convincing margins – even....More
Sep 16, 2011

Opinion: The GIPSA Debate Is Fundamentally Flawed

Cow-calf producers who have participated in the value-added revolution, who have received premiums for their cattle, or who have a business model....More
Sep 09, 2011

Is The Death Of The Free Market Upon Us?

Most every red-blooded American has been taught about the value of capitalism and the free-market system, as well as the historical failure of....More
Sep 09, 2011

Separating Tradition From Traditional Ways

I love tradition. Any fan of major-college football understands the game will be diminished if there is no rivalry game played between Texas and....More
Sep 09, 2011

Opinion: R-CALF's Single-Issue Focus Shows

Many people around the country got pretty excited last week. It happened after R-CALF USA put out a press release implying that the Environmental....More
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

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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