Harlan Hughes

Planning prices for future markets
This article is the last in my series on how to make the cattle cycle work for you. Readers should now understand the 10- to 12-year cattle cycle and
Weathering the cycle's end
We know a typical cattle cycle lasts 10-12 years. We also know cattle inventory cycles are the fundamental factor behind beef-price cycles. Such random
Today's strong bred cattle market
The U.S. bred female market is very strong. In mid February, some 2-year-old Montana heifers sold for $1,650/head. Given that today's calf prices aren't
4 winning market strategies Part V
The key point in this five-article series has been that once a rancher believes in cattle cycles, he can make the cycle work for him. The net result is
Working the cycle Part IV
This month, I'll share a management strategy ranchers can use in making the cattle cycle work for them. This is a strategy high-profit ranchers taught
Working the cycle Part III
In the November issue, we discussed the cattle cycle and its 10- to 12-year cyclical nature. I suggested that if a rancher fights the cattle cycle, it
Cattle/beef price-cycle relationship Part II
All experienced cattlemen know cattle prices go boom to bust and back again that's the cattle cycle. In fact, cattle and slaughter numbers, and cattle
Working the cattle cycle Part I
My lectures of the last decade have focused a lot on the cattle cycle and its resulting beef price cycle. My key message has been that if you fight the
The economics of culling cows
While most producers direct energy toward marketing steer calves, few do the same for marketing cull cows. Ten years of economic analyses for Northern
Six steps to an optimal marketing plan
By now, most of you are pondering marketing your 2005 calves. Thus, I'll share my most recent planning price projections and the management implications
Cost control is in the details Part III
Benchmarking is comparing your beef cow herd's production, financial and costs of production measures to those from a set of benchmark herds. Last month,
What benchmarking can tell you
Let's look at what benchmarking the act of comparing a beef cow herd's production and financial measures to those of a set of benchmark herds can tell
Profiting on 2005 calves Part I
Now is the time to think about generating the maximum possible profit from your 2005 calves. It begins by fully analyzing the production of your 2004
The worst and best herds
Managing a profit into beef cows without detailed management data is becoming increasingly difficult. Inflating production costs tend to negate much of
Increasing your profits Part III
With calving season upon us, I hope you're recording your calves' birth dates and their dam numbers in a calving book. If so, all you need to generate

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