My View From The Country

What A Drastic Difference a Year Can Make

It actually looks like the industry is heading into a fall like we have been expecting for the last four years!

Calf prices are up significantly this year, and corn and hay prices are falling, while grazing prospects are vastly improved. Some areas are now talking about having twice their normal annual rainfall. In fact, producers are talking about having grass like they haven’t seen in more than 20 years.

Admittedly, there are still some areas where drought maintains its stranglehold, but the areas affected are growing smaller. Of course, eight weeks of rain doesn’t wash away all the effects of three years of widespread drought, but the level of improvement has surprised even the most hardened cynics.

It actually looks like the industry is heading into a fall like we have been expecting for the last four years!

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As a fulltime rancher, opinion contribur Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.

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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...

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