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Aug 16, 2007

Thanks, W.D.

One of the industry's all-time great leaders and innovators passed away this week. W.D. Farr, the patriarch of an internationally known family cattle....More
Aug 10, 2007

Lot Of Reasons To Be Bullish On The Cattle Market

The recent run-up in prices has been exciting for cattle feeders, stocker operators and cow-calf producers who are contracting calves....More
Aug 10, 2007

Some Musings On Time Management

I've always thought that if I could manage my time more effectively, I could rule the world. Peter Drucker said it a whole lot more eloquently -- "....More
Jul 27, 2007

The COOL Compromise Is Typical Of The Beltway

After years of delaying the implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) because of the problems associated with the law, it had....More
Jun 29, 2007

The New Flavor Of The Farm Bill

In years past, most of agriculture was on the same page. Packers, processors, feedlots, cow-calf producers, corn growers, and even the competing....More
Jun 29, 2007

Can You Plan Around The Oil/Ethanol Bubbles?

Everyone realizes the recent surge in oil prices has been largely speculation-based, and ethanol even more so. What could be more speculative than a....More
Jun 15, 2007

John Wayne Got Me To Thinking

I love John Wayne movies, and one of my favorites is "The Cowboys." John Wayne isn't the self-actualized, emotion-spewing modern man in this film, but....More
May 18, 2007

Start Your Business Revolution By Focusing On The Details

Pick up any management or leadership book and you'll undoubtedly read about the importance of innovation, of thinking outside the box, stepping out....More
May 10, 2007

New, Softer Version Of R-CALF Is Up & Running

Most people with a passion for the industry see three industry organizations as even more disruptive than what two proved to be. However, the newest....More
Apr 13, 2007

Happy Days Are Here Again

South Korea to reopen. Beef demand soaring. Carcass weights down. Supplies to tighten. Fats trade for $100/cwt. or more. Feeders $10/cwt. higher than....More
Mar 23, 2007

R-CALF Schism Spawns New Cattlemen's Group

The beef industry has a new political group. Cattle Buyers Weekly reported in last Friday's edition....More
Mar 16, 2007

Is It "Never Another Bad Day," Or "One Last Fling?"

Holy Toledo, Batman, this market has been hot! Fed cattle set all kinds of post-BSE highs last week. Early trade....More
Jan 27, 2007

The Romance Isn't Gone But Its More Difficult To See

For ranchers and cattle feeders battling the harsh winter across the Central Plains, it's been a month-long struggle against Mother Nature. And as is....More
Jan 14, 2007

Setting Some Goals For The New Year

There's been a tremendous amount of good research done on the value of setting goals, the importance of writing them down, making them specific,....More
Dec 29, 2006

Best Wishes For A Peaceful And Fulfilling 2007

One of the more touching vignettes I've ever read appeared just before Christmas in my hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In a regularly....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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