Wes Ishmael

Articles by Wes Ishmael
More Expansion Perspective
“Some cow-calf operations will see 2014 as the golden opportunity to get out with record-high cow prices,” says Chris Hurt, Extension agricultural economist at Purdue University. “But the greater tendency will be for producers to hold on to the cows for the profitable opportunities that are expected over the next three or more years.”
Tight Supplies Keep Pushing Cattle And Beef Prices Higher
“Live-cattle futures have jumped 10.2% so far this year, a gain that is leading to higher wholesale beef prices and is widely expected to result in record U.S. consumer prices for steaks, ground beef and other products this year,” says John Otte, Penton market analyst.
Wholesale Prices Stabilize
Although end meats drove the January spike in wholesale beef prices, miss meat values remained fairly steady.
USDA Estimates 16% More Beef Cows in 10 Years
Although 4.7 million more beef cows in the next decade could solve some infrastructure challenges, USDA's 10-year projection seems overly optimistic.
Tight Supplies Drive Calf and Feeder Prices Onward
Although January feedlot placements were higher than anticipated, calf buyers will likely remain aggressive competing for snugger supplies of grass cattle.
B-PIKE Program Offers Vet Students Real-World Experience In Feedlot & Stocker Cattle
The Beef Production Immersive Knowledge Experience offers highly motivated veterinary students a birds-eye view of serving feedlots and stocker producers.
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Why Client Success Is The Best Way To Grow Your Beef Veterinarian Business 1
Understanding his clients’ business more completely and helping them manage those businesses beyond traditional animal health made sense to Dr. John Groves. He says he was also blessed with having producers in his practice area way smarter than him.
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Beef Veterinarians Work To Improve Trich Regulations, Testing
Veterinarians are working to harmonize trichomoniasis regulations between states, but rules can only do so much.
Industry Competitiveness Requires Structural Shift 2
Producing cattle for a single end point is costing beef competitiveness.
U.S. Beef Exports Record-Strong Last Year
The export value per head of fed slaughter in the U.S. was also record-high in 2013 at $244.96/head, up $28.23 from 2012.
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Calf Prices Strengthen With Dwindling Supply
After moderating briefly during weather-related market disruptions the past couple of weeks, calf prices took another step forward at auction this week. Steers weighing less than 800 lbs. and heifers weighing less than 700 lbs. traded firm to $5/cwt. higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Friday.
Cattle Numbers Must Increase To Maintain Infrastructure 3
Unless the beef cow herd begins to expand, more infrastructure will exit the business, leading to few cows yet and so on.
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Tight Supplies Will Keep Prices High
“After years of tightening supplies, the cow-calf sector will again remain in the driver’s seat during 2014,” said Kevin Good, CattleFax senior market analyst, at this week’s annual CattleFax Outlook seminar.
Calf And Feeder Prices Follow Beef Lower
Calf and feeder cattle prices showi signs of weakness as cash fed cattle prices and wholesale beef prices soften. “The amount of grass and the timing of the grass availability this spring will be a major factor in calf prices from March through May," says Andrew P. Griffith, University of Tennessee agricultural economist.
NCBA Opposes Farm Bill
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association joined other mainstream livestock organizations in opposing the Agricultural Act of 2014 — the farm bill that came out of a bilateral conference committee, passed in the House last week and goes to the Senate for a likely vote next week— retains anti-competition provisions that NCBA and other groups were against.
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