Wes Ishmael

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.
Corn planting intentions stronger than anticipated
The USDA Prospective Plantings report calls for more acres planted to corn than many expected, the 89.2 million acres would be the fewest since 2010.
Seasonal demand pulls cattle prices higher
Cattle prices were higher across most of of the cattle and beef market. Calves and feeder cattle traded mostly $2-$5 per cwt higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Pyrethrins safe for use in breeding bulls
The latest research affirms that pyrethrins and pyrethroids are safe and effective to use with breeding bulls.
expansion predictions vary in beef industry
Projections of cow herd expansion vary in depth and breadth 1
The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute projects the U.S. beef cow herd growing 1.7 million head in the next four years before trending lower again. USDA's 10-year projections call for steady growth and more cows.
calf prices march 2015
Calf and feeder prices surge ahead
Calves and feeder cattle gained more ground this week as farmer-feeders joined the fray in search of cattle for summer grass. AMS analysts note that direct sales were also very active with the full price advance on feeder cattle.
Weak El Niño arrives
El Niño—long predicted and longer anticipated by many—is officially here, according to forecasters with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC).

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