Wes Ishmael

Wes
Ishmael
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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.
beef demand and beef quality
Beef quality is the best hedge to a declining market
Higher quality grading beef is more resilient to substitution by other meats as prices increase, according to recent research.
cow prices facing pressure
Cow prices face increasing pressure
Cow prices have held despite increasing boneless cold storage stocks from increased supplies of imported processing beef and hold-over stocks from earlier West Coast shipping issues.
Volatility and uncertainty squeeze cattle prices
Cattle markets darted sharply in both directions this week, on mostly the same information, as traders tried to determine how much room is left, if any, for prices to grow.
where will the cow herd expand?
Beef herd likely to grow most in the Southern Plains 1
Reports imply total cow herd growth of nearly 9.5% in the next few years. Time and market conditions will, however, determine exactly what the size potential is for the industry.

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