Wes Ishmael

cattle genetics
Why Genetic Credentials Matter In U.S. Beef Industry
Helping clients aim for a value target and utilize predictable genetics and genomics tools to sort and select, can help them make value strides in a hurry.
Price Peak Could Come By Mid-2015 
Viewed through the lens of the historic cattle cycle, Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist says the cyclical price peak is likely to come in the next six months.
truck availability impacts calf prices
Truck Availability Pressures Calf Prices Up North
Trouble finding enough trucks to ship cattle compounded the seasonal influx of fresh-weaned calves in the Northern Plains where calf prices were $5-$10/cwt. lower.
Take Note Of New Cattle Trading Hours For CME
CME trading hours change this week for Live Cattle, Feeder Cattle and Lean Hog futures and options.
Pasture-Range Conditions Continue Positive
Through the middle of October, the nation's pasture and range conditions were the most positive in six years.
Calf Prices Pressured By Seasonality And Harvest 
The seasonal increase in auction receipts, increased percentage of freshly weaned calves and farmer-feeders returning to harvest added pressure to calf prices. Cash fed cattle trade, on the other hand, was at a record $170/cwt.
U.S. Beef Export Value Surges Past $325/Head
U.S. beef exports continue to climb on a value basis, although higher prices wrought by tight supplies are beginning to dampen the volume of trade. On the other side of the equation, U.S. beef imports are increasing by necessity.
Fed Cattle Trade Near Steady During Seesaw Market Week
Cash calf and feeder cattle prices were pressured by hard swings in the futures market, which were magnified by negative outside markets. Cash fed cattle prices held mostly steady, though.
cme group changes cattle trade hours
CME Cattle Trade Hours Change
Starting Oct. 27, CME Group is reducing trading hours for Live Cattle futures and options, Feeder Cattle futures and options and Lean Hog futures and options.
low feed prices
Low Feed Prices Drive Carcass Weights Higher 
Dressed steer weights the first three weeks of September were 25-29 lbs. heavier than the five-year average, according to analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC).
cattle herd expansion
Fundamentals Are Strong Despite Producer Wariness 1
The prospects for herd expansion for much of the rest of the decade suggest that cattle prices are likely to grind higher yet from current record levels before peaking and working lower toward the end of the decade.
Wholesale Prices Spark Fed Cattle Market 
Calf prices continued to flex contra-seasonal muscle, with calves trading $5-$10/cwt. higher, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service. Yearlings sold $3-$7 higher. Higher cash fed cattle prices and sharply higher wholesale beef prices provided support.
2014 stocker award winner
Young Cattle Company | 2014 Stocker Award Winner Describe Their Successful Stocker Operation

Rick and Jayne Young, Young Cattle Company have built a multifaceted backgrounding and stocker business in a part of the world where it was a novelty before 1995, when they moved here. The way they’ve grown supply and increased operational value serves as a learning model for others. Learn more about the 2014 National Stocker Award winner in this video interview.

The National Stocker Award is sponsored by Zoetis.

Stacking Technology In Stockers Adds Up To More Pounds
Research shows that the additional weight gain in stockers from the use of implants and ionophores is independent and additive.
Competing Meats Will Apply More Price Pressure
As beef production declines, wholesale and retail beef prices will likely increase. At the same time, looming pork and poultry expansion will make it harder for beef to compete on price.

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