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Aug 27, 2015

When China growls, everyone gets heartburn3

The global marketplace is in the jitters. The cattle futures market, taking its lead from other jittery markets, has been in a free-fall the past two....More
Aug 27, 2015

The great desk conspiracy: How a tom cat initiated my office clean up

Sometimes it takes extraordinary events to force an office cleanup. But the maleficence of a tom cat did the trick for this Cow-Calf Weekly editor....More
Aug 20, 2015

Is tradition holding your ranching operation back?

Most traditions are valid and useful. But don’t be afraid to cull those that aren’t....More
Aug 20, 2015

Move over, Al Gore. Here comes Obama

President Obama is already planning for his post-president retirement years. So, while the beef business as a whole has been looking forward to a....More
Aug 13, 2015

Election 2016 begins; the political establishment on both sides should take heed1

While most think it will be another Bush vs. Clinton race, those outside the political establishment are keeping things interesting....More
Aug 13, 2015

Don’t let bad habits hold back your productivity1

Many are aware that habits, both bad and good, can have an impact on productivity. But understanding just how deeply habits affect day-to-day....More
Aug 06, 2015

When does praying for the “right” thing the wrong thing to do?

It is easy to pray for strength and guidance, but when it comes to things like praying for rain or some other sort of blessing, it’s hard to fight....More
Aug 06, 2015

Obama’s energy plan – It’s all about power3

Even though the global warming-climate change argument has been debunked, Obama still used it as a reason to advocate for a change in energy policy....More
Jul 30, 2015

When working with family isn’t all that great

One of the greatest aspects about living on a ranch is working side by side with your family. And occasionally, one of the worst aspects about....More
Jul 30, 2015

Why stop with food? I am going to champion my own movement

Everyone cares about food. It fuels our bodies and many of us eat three times a day or more. So why can’t we use the playbook of the anti-agriculture....More
Jul 23, 2015

Sustainability: The beef industry is leading from the front1

It is likely that no industry embodies sustainability more than the cattle industry. Thus, it only makes sense that we engage in and help shape what....More
Jul 23, 2015

Free trade agreements: Beneficial arrangements or political chicanery?1

Does free trade really benefit beef producers and do free trade agreements get the beef industry the access it needs and wants in foreign markets? Or....More
Jul 16, 2015

You can have it all with genomics, but what do you really need?2

At one point, we believed that animal breeding might become all science, but as the science has improved, the need for the “art” side of animal....More
Jul 16, 2015

Imagine the perfect operation. Is that your ranch?1

we all need to ask the question, “What does our perfect ranch look like?”....More
Jul 09, 2015

NCBA should take a slow approach in finding a new CEO2

As NCBA searches for a new CEO, its volunteer leaders should take some time to evaluate not only what type of individual they want to lead the....More
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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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