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Oct 21, 2011

Why Haven’t AI & Crossbreeding Flourished?

The rules of the game are changing. Sure, quality, pounds, reproduction, performance, health, marketing, risk management and the like have always....More
Oct 21, 2011

World Population Hits Seven Billion

Last week, the world’s population hit another milestone – 7 billion people. The United Nations (UN) projects that the world population will reach 8....More
Oct 21, 2011

Opinion: When It Comes To Kids, We're Barbarians!

Anyone who knows me knows I’m not one who subscribes to the nanny-state mentality. I’ve always believed more in the people than in government. One of....More
Oct 07, 2011

The Expansion Conundrum

The big industry riddle right now is what it will take to entice producers to expand their herd size. Typically it's a price-driven move, but that's....More
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

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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