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Nov 09, 2007

Quality Vs. Cost Is The Real Divide In The Industry

The recent confrontation between those opposed to the value-based changes that have occurred in the marketplace and those supporting them have deep....More
Nov 02, 2007

Packer-Ownership Ban Survives Senate Committee

The Senate Ag Committee included language that would place a ban on packer ownership of livestock in the Senate version of the farm bill....More
Oct 01, 2007

Talking the game vs. living it

I've attended some educational meetings where I learned that by instituting some changes in our grazing strategy I was sure we could consistently....More
Sep 27, 2007

Does A New Japanese Ag Minister Equal New Hope?

Japan introduced another ag minister this week, which begs the obvious question: "Will the leadership change slow up the process of liberalizing....More
Sep 14, 2007

There's Only One Cure To Excess Feeding Capacity

Talk to almost any cattle feeder for very long and he'll express dismay at the cost of feeder cattle and calves. Despite a fed market averaging....More
Aug 30, 2007

R-CALF's Canadian Suit Fails Again

Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) added to its long list of courtroom setbacks this week when....More
Aug 30, 2007

Colorado State Fair Fiasco Tops This Week's Bloopers

I've heard it said many times that the problem with any youth program is the parents. To that we might add: "and those who are in charge of enforcing....More
Aug 24, 2007

A Cowboy Knew How To Choose His Enemies

If you're like me, you love to read a good western novel. Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, and even Elmer Kelton didn't write the kind of books that require....More
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

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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