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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
Jul 07, 2006

No Breakthrough At WTO

There was no breakthrough during recent World Trade Organization negotiations on ag. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said, "We remain fully....More
Jul 07, 2006

We Can't Leave Half Our Talent On The Bench

My comments of last week regarding women taking over leadership of the Cattlemen's Beef Board ("Should We Kick All Men Off The Beef Board?" June 30....More
Jul 04, 2006

The Human Downside Of Fewer Animal Antibiotics

The lack of development of new antibiotics to treat infectious diseases in animals could leave a void of alternatives should resistant bacteria make....More
Jun 30, 2006

Peru Slights Chavez As It Ratifies U.S. Trade Deal

Peru moved quickly this week on its free-trade agreement (FTA) with the U.S., as Peru's Congress overwhelmingly ratified it and its president quickly....More
Jun 30, 2006

It's Time To Get Maniacal

If you've attended a cattlemen's meeting in the last couple of years, it's likely you've heard a presentation or two on alliances. You also likely....More
Jun 23, 2006

Good Corn Conditions Look Promising For Fall Calf Prices

The corn market has fallen sharply the last two weeks, a good sign for stronger fall feeder-cattle prices, writes Dillon Feuz, University of Nebraska....More
Jun 23, 2006

Japan Signals End To Ban On U.S. Beef Imports

Japan's Ministry of Ag agreed Wednesday to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports pending satisfactory on-site audits of U.S. processing facilities. The....More
Jun 23, 2006

Japan Officials Criticize Call For Punitive Tariffs

Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan's Ag, Forestry and Fisheries minister, today termed the bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week that calls for imposing....More
Jun 23, 2006

Japanese Market Reopening Finalized, Again

As has been the case with every announcement coming out of Japan since December 2003, the most prudent strategy is to not get too excited until....More
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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...
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