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Jun 11, 2015

Feedyard losses: How bad is it?2

While the last 18 months have been one of the great bull markets in history for cow-calf producers, feedyards have not enjoyed quite the same....More
Jun 04, 2015

Ag labor has changed; has your management changed with it?

The labor paradigm in modern ranching has changed, with fewer ranch-raised kids available to hire. That means the labor force will increasingly....More
Jun 04, 2015

The problem with June: Tractor fixin’& honey-dos aren’t my cup of tea

Others see June as green grass, young healthy calves and the start of summer. I see June as the penitence I have to pay for living a truly great life....More
May 28, 2015

Genetic evaluation is now in the hands of commercial cattle producers3

Long the purview of the seedstock business, genetic and genomic evaluation tools are now in the hands of commercial producers....More
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May 28, 2015

Memorial Day is more than a grilling holiday1

Cattle producers tend to look at Memorial Day for its reputation as one of the top beef consumption holidays of the year. But Memorial Day means much....More
May 21, 2015

Now it’s my turn to spread a little rain envy

After suffering from rain envy for more than a decade, this spring’s ample moisture has brought on a different emotion—rain guilt....More
May 21, 2015

The slow demise of COOL and how it’s hurt the beef industry3

With the U.S. now out of options in defending COOL, will Congress have the time and the spine to repeal it?....More
May 14, 2015

How a high school graduation changed my perception of America’s educational system1

America’s education system, like America itself, has changed and evolved. Are those changes best serving our future?....More
May 14, 2015

Marginal thinking: We can’t move forward if we’re focused on the past3

The fundamental flaw in marginal thinking is that it keeps us from investing in our future, and encourages us to bet that current market conditions....More
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May 07, 2015

Why Kansas policy proposals should scare anyone in agriculture5

In spite of the fact that a good portion of the country can be considered politically “red,” the blue urban areas dominate the political landscape....More
May 07, 2015

Planting 2015: Corn planting moves along, now let it rain!2

One of the wonders of modern agriculture and all the technology that goes with it is how efficiently corn farmers can put seed in the ground. While....More
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Apr 30, 2015

We’re missing the lesson provided by the Baltimore riots3

The lesson provided by the Baltimore riots is that government is inherently inefficient, and tends toward abusive power if left unchecked....More
Apr 30, 2015

Why do good decisions tend to occur in bad economic times?

The only thing for certain is that, with high prices and/or growing economy, cow herds and the government will expand....More
Apr 23, 2015

2016 election season underway; don’t expect anything from Congress

We’ve entered that legislative stage where nearly everything is just posturing for the elections in 2016. Don't get your hopes up for any big....More
Apr 23, 2015

Why are beef producers always focused on the negative?2

I can’t help but wonder if the beef industry wouldn’t be better served by managing for positive outcomes rather than avoiding negative ones....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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