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Apr 09, 2006

March Brings Needed Rainfall To The Southwest

March brought rain to a good segment of the Southwest, dumping as much as 11 in. on some locations in one mid-month rainy weekend and leaving from 1/....More
Apr 09, 2006

Hopes For Speedy Pacific Rim Resolution Fading

Hopes for a speedy resolution to the ongoing tug-of-war to reopen Japanese and South Korean markets to U.S. beef seem to be fading. This week, South....More
Apr 09, 2006

Recent Market Performance Is Disconcerting

Fed cattle have plummeted from the low $90s to the low $80s. The April futures contract fell $13 in that timeframe. Overreactions in the marketplace....More
Apr 09, 2006

Is it Surprising We Do This For Little Or Nothing?

As kids all of us had fantasies about what we would be when we grew up. While most boys typically dream of playing professional sports, I dreamed of....More
Apr 01, 2006

Wildfires' Effects Are Wider Than Burn Areas

The wildfires that ravaged parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico create a cascade of long-lasting misery. In the mid March fires that swept across....More
Apr 01, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court Dumps Pickett v Tyson

The U.S. Supreme Court denied this week an appeal of the Pickett vs. Tyson Fresh Meats lower-court decision, ending what's been hailed as the cattle....More
Apr 01, 2006

Japan Trade Talks Creep Along; Is Japan Stalling?

The U.S. agreed this week to train workers handling beef exports to Japan and to double its final checks on beef shipments headed there. Still, Tokyo....More
Apr 01, 2006

Stop Listening To The Doom And Gloom

It's dangerous for someone who makes a portion of their income from writing about current events to suggest the following but I'm going to do it....More
Apr 01, 2006

Add Sales To Your Job Description

The word "sales" carries a negative connotation with a lot of cattlemen. It often conjures up visions of used car salesmen with pinky rings, or the....More
Mar 30, 2006

Market Treads Water But Looks Lower

First, the good news. Feeder steers and heifer sold steady to $3 higher last week, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and the fed....More
Mar 25, 2006

USDA Technical Beef Team Headed To Japan

USDA Secretary Mike Johanns says a USDA technical team headed by Chuck Lambert, acting under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, will....More
Mar 25, 2006

Japan Situation Continues To Haunt The Market

Little progress has been made in reopening the border with Japan, and the delay is being felt in the fed-cattle market. Given the projected summer....More
Mar 24, 2006

Japan Situation Continues To Haunt The Market

Little progress has been made in reopening the border with Japan, and the delay is being felt in the fed-cattle market....More
Mar 17, 2006

BSE Merry-Go-Round Is Greased, Stoked And Whirling

Relatively speaking, the announcement this week of a third case of BSE in the U.S. seems to have passed with little more than a yawn, at least where....More
Mar 13, 2006

The Industry Isn't Changing. It Has Changed!

If I had a nickel for every time I heard an industry speaker talk about the rapid rate of industry change, I'd be a wealthy man. Of course, the....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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