Wes Ishmael

2015 BEEF Stocker Award Winner - Shovel Dot Ranch
Buell family’s Shovel Dot Ranch named BEEF Stocker Award winner.
Gap between consumers and producers grows wider and deeper
Cultural polarization expands a giant gap of understanding between agricultural producers and consumers.
Genomics gaining ground in beef business
Genomic tools are offering commercial and seedstock producers more precision in identifying and blending genetics to accomplish specific goals.
How and why commercial beef producers are using genomic tools
Combined, genomic-enhanced genetic evaluation and specific genomic-based tests offer producers a level of selection accuracy never before available.
Ignoring the water problem is no longer an option
The water crisis is about much more than water. Join our discussion on the more in-depth issues we must sort through to solve our water problems.
Learn the basics (and benefits!) of fixed time-AI
Fixed-time AI has many benefits.
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.

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