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May 25, 2006

Pasture Starts Season Further Back

Timely rains across the Southern Plains earlier this month lifted spirits and bought some producers more time to weigh their options, but it's still....More
May 25, 2006

No Betting On The Come... For Now

"The last few years, time has usually saved you if you're a margin operator (feeder or stocker), now it will be against you," says Derrell Peel,....More
May 19, 2006

Will Reopening Of The Japan Market Be Good News?

Japanese officials were busy this week paving the way for reopening their borders to U.S. beef. Seemingly they want the issue resolved before their....More
May 15, 2006

U.S. Still Number-One In World Competitiveness

The U.S. retained the No.-1 spot in the annual "Rankings of the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2006." Released this week by the IMD business school....More
May 15, 2006

Organic Beef Sales Continue To Explode

A Nutrition Business Journal survey conducted for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) found organic meat sales grew 55% in 2005. Organic sales....More
May 15, 2006

Koreans Feeling Pressure Over Beef Imports Ban

A Tuesday Korea Times article says Korea's government is worried the U.S. will go to the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the South Korean import....More
May 15, 2006

Japanese Ready To Come Back To The Table

Talks to reopen the Japan market to U.S. beef could begin next week, say U.S. and Japanese officials, though a decision isn't likely until mid June....More
May 15, 2006

The Customer Is Always Right

I have never much liked the saying, "The customer is always right." I think it should be worded something like, "You always must keep the customer....More
May 15, 2006

"Voluntary" ID Is An Idea Time Has Passed By

Anyone who knows me knows I adamantly oppose government interference in the marketplace. I believe government should be restricted in both power and....More
May 15, 2006

"Voluntary" ID Is An Idea Time Has Passed By

Anyone who knows me knows I adamantly oppose government interference in the marketplace....More
May 07, 2006

Gas Is Still A Better Value Than Drinking Water

We all want to maximize our profits and reap the rewards of our hard work. Oil companies cut costs for years and now they're reaping their rewards....More
May 07, 2006

Re-Closure Makes Recovering Japan Market Tougher

The good news is Japan will eventually reopen its market to U.S. beef imports; the bad news is the January halt in U.S. beef shipments has apparently....More
May 07, 2006

Too Much To Do, And Not Enough Time To Do It

Are you are working harder and longer than five years ago? I don't have to see your hands to know the answer. A recent study showed the average....More
Apr 21, 2006

We Are At The Precipice

Looking back at all that's transpired the last three years relative to the beef market, it's obvious global beef trade is teetering on the edge of....More
Apr 21, 2006

It's Difficult To Understand The Japanese Situation

Part of it is simply cultural differences. As Americans, we expect things to happen quickly -- Japan likes to move more slowly. Part of it is simply....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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