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Nov 13, 2006

So Long Cheap Feed?

"The era of cheap feed is probably over for years to come," says Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist. In the Oct. 23 "Weekly Outlook,"....More
Nov 10, 2006

Animal Rights Initiatives A Little Scary

The most publicized animal rights issue this fall was proposition 204 in Arizona which prohibited veal crates for calves and gestation crates for pigs....More
Nov 03, 2006

Drought Has A Spiritual Connection To It

We've all seen how even the most secular of men will turn to prayer in times of drought. Those of us in ag have to accept the fact man isn't entirely....More
Nov 03, 2006

Vote Like Your Future Depends On It. It Does

With what's at stake it doesn't seem possible, but the experts are predicting a low to moderate turnout in next Tuesday's mid-term elections. At....More
Nov 03, 2006

Vote Like Your Future Depends On It

With what's at stake it doesn't seem possible, but the experts are predicting a low to moderate turnout in next Tuesday's mid-term elections....More
Oct 30, 2006

Creating Value -- It Makes One Wonder...

There's a lot of talk about the added value for age- and source-verified cattle and about near record discounts being levied against bawling calves....More
Oct 26, 2006

Obesity Concerns Spawn A Worrisome Movement

The issue of demographics is an interesting one. We know that more sedentary lifestyles and an aging population will increase the interest in health-....More
Oct 20, 2006

Moving Beyond Marketing 101

Our local cattlemen's group was getting ready to sponsor an educational marketing meeting, and I asked a good friend and very progressive producer if....More
Oct 15, 2006

25 Days To Election; Be Sure To Exercise Your Right

There are 25 days to the Nov. 7 election that will determine who controls the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Be certain to find out where....More
Oct 09, 2006

There's A Lot Of Comfort In The Commodity Mindset

The fall calf run is in full gear, ranchers around the country are collecting their largest paycheck of the year, and prices are only slightly lower....More
Oct 09, 2006

Politicians Learning Well From Anti-Beef Groups

At first blush, one would have thought the recent E-coli 0157:H7 outbreak in the spinach industry would have been a neutral event for cattle. Sure,....More
Oct 09, 2006

Is Traceability Driving Consolidation?

National ID has been a comedy of errors and there's much concern in the countryside about what the program will mean for producers. But let's set....More
Oct 04, 2006

Beef Demand Getting Softer

One of the more inspiring beef stories of the past decade has been the industry's ability to turn demand around after losing about 1% annually for....More
Oct 03, 2006

A Few Things I've Learned

This week, I received an email that asked the question, "Have you learned anything, yet?" The great answer of "everything I needed to know I learned....More
Sep 16, 2006

It's Both A Sellers And Buyers Market

One thing you have to love about high calf markets and scarce forage -- at least they're opening up some value propositions on the buy side. "Cow-....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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