Harlan Hughes

Increasing your profits Part II
Record-high calf prices in 2004 should have generated record-high profits. Yet, only one out of my last six herds analyzed generated record profits. The
Something's amiss with profit part 1
As I continue to conduct cost and return analyses for U.S. beef cow producers, I see today's record calf prices aren't translating into record profits
How good are today's good times?
It appears the good times have returned for beef cow producers. In fact, we're already two calf crops into this beef price cycle's good times. Two years
what is a beef cow worth?
What Is A Beef Cow Worth?
So what's a bred female worth today? I distinguish between the sale barn value of bred female and the economic value of a bred female in a rancher's herd.
Zap up your info system
Beef cow producers are in the midst of exciting economic times. It's an excitement, however, that the industry experiences at this point in every cattle
40 years of on-farm computing
By focusing on the last 40 years of on-farm computing for farmers and ranchers, my goal is to stimulate ranchers to move from a traditional production
Sell 2004 steers off grass
As this piece was written in late June and early July, USDA had just announced two false-positive bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) fast-test cases.
The money is in the details
During the 1990s, I helped implement Integrated Resource Management (IRM) in the Northern Plains. Part of this consisted of going from kitchen table to
Is a feeder market recovery realistic?
The March feeder-cattle futures price has returned to that of Dec. 12. In the wake of the second North American case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
Post-BSE market price tracking Part 1: Slaughter cattle prices
Last month's Market Advisor column focused on the immediate market price impact of North America's second case of bovine spongiform encephalpathy (BSE)
The Importance Of UCOP
Beef producers traditionally have focused their beef cow management attention on physical production traits. Typically, this has meant that weaning weights
Building Learning Teams
Beef farmers and ranchers often find it overwhelming to synthesize all the production and financial information necessary for profitability. An Integrated
Going Head To Head
A comparative analysis is the single, most powerful, farm and ranch management tool available. It's a tool that works especially well as a way to identify
10 Years Of IRM
Here are some of the lessons North Dakota learned after a decade of Integrated Resource Management (IRM) participation. Ten years ago, I promised North
Harlan's Big 4 for profitability
A Montana State University animal science graduate student e-mailed me recently with excellent questions about the management data needs of commercial

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