Wes Ishmael

Synergy boosts overall cattle care
Ongoing challenges faced by those in every sector of the cattle business increases the need to find folks qualified, willing and able to take care of cattle. Here's why you should be that person as their veterinarian.
U.S. beef trade gains steam
U.S. beef exports continue to show signs of resurgence, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Compared to a year earlier, beef export volume increased 8% in July. It was up 4% for the year at that point. For January through July, export value per head of fed slaughter was $251.82.
Calf value continues lower
Although it came too late in the week to benefit calf and feeder cattle prices, Friday's surge in fed cattle value offered some hope.
Can we finally fix the price discovery problem?
The beef industry is beginning to tackle the underlying issues of price discovery in the cattle market.
Stop the bawling! Why it's time to consider two-step calf weaning
Weaning on the truck between your place and the auction market, while still practiced, is stressful on calves. And stress leads to more potential for health and gain problems.
Increased production challenges beef demand
Depending on your perspective, beef demand remains fairly strong, relative to recent history, or it’s beginning to waver even as retail beef prices decline.
Calf and feeder prices continue decline
Feeder steers and heifers traded mostly $2-$6 per cwt lower, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as increased beef production and cattle numbers continue to weigh on prices.
Are futures still an effective risk-management strategy?
Market volatility and cattle futures’ effectiveness as a risk management tool are separate issues.
BOLT software brings more reliability to EPDs 2
Increased prediction accuracy with BOLT comes through the software’s ability to directly incorporate genomic data into the EPD calculation.
Sustainable beef? U.S. has most environmentally friendly livestock industry in the world 3
U.S. livestock production has the smallest carbon footprint per unit of production in the world.
If price discovery is a public good, should private industry pay?
Solving the conundrum of price discovery in fed cattle will be neither easy nor quick. Part 4 of a multipart series.
Changing industry, changing markets
Understanding cattle market history offers context to the current quandary surrounding cash fed cattle price discovery.
Fed cattle cash  price matters 1
Most fed cattle prices are discovered in the cash market, whether people realize it or not. Part 2 of a multi-part series; read part 1 here.
U.S. beef exports continue sluggish
Although U.S. beef exports in February were a shade more than the same time a year earlier, value dropped 18%, short of expectations.
Yearling cattle fade market pressure
Yearling cattle continued to sell at steady to firm prices this week, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Calves, on the other hand, traded steady to $5 per cwt lower as the increasing volume of the new-crop variety enables buyers to get choosier.

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