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Read commentary from Progressive Cattleman editor David Cooper, ranging from the origin of specific magazine articles to thoughts about industry trends.

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Change, as the well-worn mantra always goes, is usually for the better.

Life has a way of teaching and softening our coarsened, callow habits, leading us to the road of wider wisdom.

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Let the record show that Shalene McNeill, executive director of human nutrition research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is no fan of this year’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Council.

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By now you’ve heard, seen or experienced for yourself the thrilling reality that the beef cattle industry is thriving in 2015.

At this year’s CattleFax Outlook seminar in San Antonio, CEO Randy Blach made a compelling comment, saying how he wished his parents were still around to see the phenomenal run of cattle prices we see today.

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By the time you read this column, the world’s population will grow by another 500 people. That’s just the short term. Looking out further on the horizon, the math really adds up.

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First it was the increase in cattle prices that started around 2010.

Then came the reduction in price for feed and corn midway through 2013.

Now as 2015 begins, we are watching another commodity game-changer as the price of fuel continues to spiral downward.

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Charles Dickens was the literary titan of the Victorian age, primarily through his ability to portray the struggles of Britain’s most impoverished and downtrodden people.

His gift for creating such characters was rooted in the fact that, in some ways, he was one of them.

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