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Nov 18, 2011

Attitudes Are Shaped By Circumstances

I spent the first part of this week at NAILE in Louisville; as could be expected, there were cattlemen attending from every part of the country. What....More
Nov 11, 2011

How Much Should We Complain Or Applaud?

After reading yet another article questioning whether Wal-Mart is losing its way by introducing organic products, Choice beef and higher-end products....More
Nov 11, 2011

Record Prices, Low Numbers: Where Are We?

Seemingly everyone is relishing today's higher prices – record prices in most cases. But, there remains a lot of uncertainty about the marketplace....More
Nov 11, 2011

USDA Signals A Do-Over On GIPSA

Proponents of the GIPSA livestock-marketing rule were incensed by USDA's announcement last week that it intends to basically start over. The rule....More
Oct 28, 2011

Propagating The Keynesian Myth!

Since we’re closing in on the beginning of a torrid, year-long election season, it’s not surprising that the government’s penchant for giveaways is....More
Oct 28, 2011

Opinion: My Problem With Debates – Political Or Industry

The problem with presidential and industry debates is that typically we don’t learn a whole lot about the issues. Debates today aren’t structured....More
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

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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