Wes Ishmael

Caution light flashes for vet degree value
Lower salaries and increased education costs affect all veterinarians.
Kicking and screaming: Societal consensus will move where it will, like it or not
Societal consensus will move where it will, as always, like it or not. It's time to engage in discourse with consumers in the name of preserving social license, and effective ways veterinarians and their clients can go about it.
Why the world is parched and how to solve the shortage

Eight trillion gallons of water per year — 12 million acre-feet — for more than three years.

When is the best time to wean? It might be younger than you think
Calves weaned at 120 to 160 days gain as much weight and are just as healthy as calves that are weaned later.
AI cost effective
What’s the least expensive way to breed cows? It might not be what you think 5
While the promise of artificial insemination in the cattle industry has always been genetic improvement, several hurdles, including cost, have kept many beef producers from using it.
Renewed U.S. beef export strength continues
From January through April, beef exports were 9% less than the previous year in total volume but were 4% ahead of last year’s record pace in terms of value at $2.12 billion.
Plentiful grass & short supplies push feeder cattle prices higher
“The trend on the wholesale beef side is very similar to what’s occurring in the live cattle market,” says Nevil Speer, BEEF industry analyst. “That is, weekly negotiated sales continue to decline over time."
Is agriculture the bad boy in the nation’s water use? 1
Agriculture is sometimes singled out as the bad boy in water usage. Is that accusation accurate?
Want to help your clients find added value? Dig deeper & learn what makes them unique
Helping veterinarian clients find and exploit added value is all about understanding their unique operations and the industry, especially the basics.
How scenario planning helps business strategize for the unknown
Scenario planning helps you consider what your practice needs to look like in order to be successful in a range of alternative futures.
Nominations for 2015 BEEF Stocker Award now open
Now in its 10th year, the BEEF National Stocker Award honors the best of the best among stocker operators and backgrounders. Here’s your chance to nominate the 2015 winner.
COOL loses…again
The House Agriculture Committee approved legislation to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling a day after the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against it once again, in favor of the complaint brought by Canada and Mexico.
Feedlot placements below expectations
Feedlot placements in April were significantly less than expected, according to Friday's Cattle on Feed report. Placements of cattle weighing more than 800 pounds continue to comprise the largest proportion of cattle entering feedlots.
Positive grazing conditions boost calf demand
Snug supplies and lush pasture prospects continue to underpin calf and yearling prices. Though fed cattle traded steady to lower in the spot market, Choice wholesale beef value reached a new high heading into Memorial Day.
Water worries: Is management or supply the challenge? 1
If the world runs short on water today or in the future, it’s because of management rather than supply. Here’s how a variety of groups and industries are addressing the challenge.

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