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Oct 29, 2015

Why we all need to draw boundaries between family and business

For many, one of the incentives of ranching is the ability to work together as a family. But you have to know where to draw the boundaries between....More
Oct 22, 2015

Ponder this: Has the U.S. lost sight of the individual?4

There’s no doubt America has changed; are we losing our individualism as government power increases?....More
Oct 14, 2015

Is the cattle market a roller coaster or an unopened parachute?

The cattle business is not for the weak of heart or mind; it never has been and likely never will be. Now more than ever, it’s time to plan your work....More
Oct 14, 2015

California cracks down on antibiotic use in food animals1

As laws and regulations increase, and as resistance to antibiotic use in food animals grows in the minds of consumers, the issue will ultimately find....More
Oct 08, 2015

When you realize getting old isn’t that bad

We all grow older. The question is, do we grow wiser as well?....More
Oct 08, 2015

Is profit possible right now for feeders? Unfortunately, no

Will the cattle market correct itself from its recent downturn?....More
Oct 01, 2015

Are beef checkoff allocations enough to keep beef producers in the game?1

I guess we should be thankful we have such a great product, because our industry’s investment in that product, by almost any definition, certainly....More
Oct 01, 2015

Cinch up; Market uncertainty isn’t going away2

The U.S. is learning that our market future is no longer solely determined by what we do....More
Sep 24, 2015

Here’s what separates the empire builders from the rest1

Those who start at the bottom and reach the very top of the cattle business do things differently....More
Sep 17, 2015

Hey Dad – When did you know?

One doesn’t expect to get asked deep philosophical questions about life when cleaning a horse stall, but when you have teenagers, you never know....More
Sep 17, 2015

Superior genetics and superior management; Are we asking the right questions?

A good many coffee shop debates are focused on one of two areas—what is the definition of superior genetics and superior management and how do we....More
Sep 17, 2015

Has the anti-livestock camp gone too far?2

The anti-livestock, anti-meat and environmental camps came together this week to release a report designed to shame restaurants into adopting a no-....More
Sep 10, 2015

Cattle market musings from a frustrated rancher

A perplexing cattle market means we have to look globally for answers....More
Sep 10, 2015

It’s time to speak up about NCBA’s future

It is time for NCBA members to make sure that their elected leadership hears their voice to make the best decisions possible in what everyone agrees....More
Sep 03, 2015

Before you strive to be better, determine if it’s right to start with2

When considering your business model and whether or not it will be valid in the future, it is often easier or at least safer to do things as they....More
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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...
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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