Wes Ishmael

Beef cow, replacement heifer numbers increased in 2015
Producers expanded the nation’s cowherd at least as much as expected, and more than expected in some cases, according to the semi-annual Cattle Inventory report released by USDA at the end of January.
Battling BRD with genomics
The genes associated with the disease complex are moderately heritable.
What is the ideal target weight for heifers? It depends 1
The longtime recommendation that heifers be at 65% of mature weight at the beginning of breeding season may not necessarily be true. Depending on a variety of factors, heifers can successfully breed at 55% of mature weight.
Fail forward: UNL program focues on entrepreneurship
Unique university program encourages students to fail, then get up and try again. Part 2 of a two-part series.
Go ahead, fail: Innovative new program encourages ag students to fail successfully
An innovative university program encourages students to take a chance on themselves and build businesses that matter.
Manage bull costs with these producer tips
Here’s how some producers stretch their breeding dollars.
Seedstock 100 operaters speak out on beef industry
Progressive commercial producers are likely to continue investing in top genetics that fit their specific needs, carving a wider gap of opportunity through the downturn
Seedstock 100: Think you are just buying bulls? Think again...
Cow-calf producers don’t buy bulls as much as they buy calf crops. Consider your genetic expectations accordingly.
Seedstock 100: Consolidation set to continue
Bigger operations selling more bulls is the likely future model for the seedstock sector of the beef business.
Seedstock 100: Balance tops bull buyers' list
Commercial cow-calf producers want a balanced bull that will produce balanced females. Here’s how seedstock producers are responding.
Seedstock 100: Improving efficiency is lynchpin to success
Genetics are the linchpin of management and marketing possibility.
COOL tariffs could cost beef big
“We expect the tariffs Mexico and Canada would put on our products would be at a level that would basically stop the trade of beef between our countries,” explained Colin Woodall.
Cattle prices dredge lower
“Feeder cattle are caught in a bottleneck of lower fed cattle prices, sharply lower cattle futures and record supply of competing meats as the entire livestock complex continues to struggle with these issues,” AMS analysts explain.
Cattle feeders are enduring record losses 1
This year is the worst ever in terms of cattle feeder profitability, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center.
Heavyweight cattle persist but show glimmers of improvement
Although year-to-year feedlot placements continue to be less, placements of cattle weighing more than 800 pounds continue to increase.

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