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Sep 15, 2006

The Cattle Market Continues To Soar

The fed market saw the futures market set or approach contract highs again this week. Meanwhile, boxed beef prices rose sharply following the Labor....More
Sep 15, 2006

The Best Secret For Success Is To Grasp The Future

Philosopher Thomas Carlyle said: "A man lives by believing something, not by debating and arguing about many things." So it is with many decisions....More
Sep 15, 2006

Fly The Flag On Monday To Honor The 9-11 Fallen

In the days, weeks and months following Sept. 11,2001, the U.S. was awash in heartbreak, and unified in its mourning of the incredible losses....More
Aug 31, 2006

Boom or Bust Bidding

Just like the weather extremes that have defined the past year, last week was a case study in the stocker and feeder market taking a sizeable jump or....More
Aug 31, 2006

National ID Process Remains Muddled

Anyone hoping for answers and clarity at last week's ID/InfoExpo -- a de facto national forum for discussing and developing the national ID system....More
Aug 31, 2006

Drought Stalls Herd Expansion

"Cow-harvest rates have picked up dramatically, indicating nationwide cowherd expansion has essentially stopped. In fact, if recent trends continue,....More
Aug 21, 2006

The Magic That Is Our County Fair

We just wrapped up our local county fair last week. As I age, I'm increasing struck with just how special an event it is. Here are just a few of the....More
Aug 21, 2006

The Keys Of Trust, Traceback And Transparency

Much has been written about the doings of the World Meat Congress held in Australia this spring. (Read a recap at
Aug 13, 2006

Death-Tax Battle Tells A Larger Story For Ag

Taxpayer relief from the Death Tax suffered strike two this Congressional session when a compromise bill attached to the minimum-wage law fell four....More
Aug 06, 2006

Playing Hardball In The Beef Business

One of the reasons this industry has remained so competitive, and made such monumental gains in efficiency, is its internal focus. Essentially we....More
Aug 06, 2006

If You Own A Calf Table, Break Out A Cutting Torch

I've been known to rant against four-wheelers, though I admit I own one. Now, I'm commencing to take a shot at calf tables, which I also admit to....More
Jul 31, 2006

Bears Growl With Cattle On Feed Report

Last Friday's monthly Cattle on Feed Report (COF) likely will cast an unexpected pall over the marketplace: more monthly cattle placement was....More
Jul 31, 2006

BSE-Driven Chaos Continues

By the time you read this, it's possible that USDA will have announced limited resumption of beef trade with Japan. At least that was the media....More
Jul 29, 2006

The Strange Matchmaker That Is BSE

Some consider it surprising that Japan's announcement this week of the reopening of its markets to U.S. beef was preceded by USDA's announcement of....More
Jul 14, 2006

A Visit To The Beef Industry's "Twilight Zone"

I love Baxter Black. In a recent article, he talked about the "The Da Vinci Code," the book and movie that are a worldwide sensation, and how author....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 contribur Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.

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