Wes Ishmael

heifer prices
Heifer Prices Grounded In Reality 1
The worth of replacement females is different for every cattle operation, but current prices seem to make rational sense.
feedlot placements
Placements 3% Lower
August cattle placements into feedlots was 3% lower than the previous year and marketings were 10% less. Each represent the lowest levels since the data series began in 1996.
calf prices september 2014
Calf And Feeder Prices Widen Gap With Fed Cattle-Beef 1
Despite continued volatility, cattle futures gained some ground as cash calf and feeder cattle values continued to strengthen. Yearling feeders sold fully steady to $5/cwt. higher, while calves traded mainly steady to $5 higher.
beef exports
Beef Export Value Increased But Volume Declines
U.S. beef exports were 15% lower on a voulme basis in July compared to the previous year, though export value remained steady at $621.7 million.
beef production down 5%
Beef Production Down 5%
By 2016, LMIC analysts project beef production to be lower than pork production for the first time since 1959.
corn crop record
Record Corn Crop Grows Larger
With projected ending U.S. corn stocks higher than at any time since 2004-2005, the monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates released this week knocked back the projected season-average price a smooth 40¢/bu. at the mid-point to $3.20-$3.80/bu.
calf prices at market
Calf-Feeder Prices Up Again
Yearling feeder cattle sold $3-$8/cwt. higher and calves traded steady to $5 higher.
heifer development tips
Effective Heifer Development Means Thinking Early & Long Term 
How beef heifers are developed and how quickly they breed go a long way in determining their lifelong productivity in the cowherd.
improving beef cowherd
Veterinarians Must Play Key Role In Expanding America's Cowherd
Veterinarians are integral to the beef industry’s necessary expansion.
stocker cattle basis tool
New Stocker Index Prices Stocker Calves More Precisely
The BeefBasis Stocker Index is new price discovery tool that offers buyers and sellers a more precise look at what calves are worth in their locale at any given time.
getting more money for your cattle
Want More Money For Your Calves? Study Says Weaning & Preconditioning Pays
A recent analysis of Superior Livestock Auction data says reducing calf health risk for buyers offers the most opportunity to add value.
cattle supply and prices
Feeder Cattle Prices Keep Expanding Into New Territory 1
Calf and feeder prices continue to defy the most optimistic expectations through the first week of June.
Is Two-Tiered Beef Production The Answer For Today’s Consumer? 2
Beef is losing the race with competitive proteins and overlooking consumers’ growing appetite for ground beef. What is the solution? BEEF explores a fulfilling the demand of the ground beef nation.
strategies to successfully operate in the unknown future
Scenario Planning Helps Vets Successfully Operate In The Unknown Future
Scenario planning helps beef veterinarians know what their practice needs to look like in order to be successful in a range of alternative futures.
beef vets must partner with clients to ensure operation success
Beef Veterinarians Must Partner With Clients To Ensure Operation Success
Helping beef vet clients find and exploit added value is all about understanding their unique operations and the industry, especially the basics.

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