Wes Ishmael

Grass rally for calves and feeders continues
Calf and feeder cattle prices continued higher as buyers look for cattle to graze spring and summer grass. Futures markets also maintained week-to-week stability.
More meat and more corn
USDA projects feeder steer prices to average $176-$185 per cwt, down from the record prices of almost $203 in 2014 and 2015.
Economic outlook improves for cattle feeders
Using recent prices for steers weighing 700-800 pounds, LMIC estimates breakeven prices for steer marketed in the coming months to be less than $130 per cwt, the least since October of 2014.
Grass and graze-out buyers push calf and feeder prices higher
Demand for cattle to send to graze-out wheat and summer grass helped lift calf and feeder prices this week.
Genetic economic selection indices result in collective gain
Economic selection indices improve selection and provide a road map to helping clients.
Myths of veterinarian entrepreneurship
Book examines the difference between owning a practice and owning a job.
Restaurant sales projected higher, with headwinds
Despite lingering challenges, restaurant sales are poised to grow for the seventh consecutive year, according to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2016 Restaurant Industry Forecast released Wednesday.
Fewer, smaller feedlots responsible for more cattle
Feedlots with capacities of less than 1,999 head are feeding more cattle: 6.5% more cattle inventory than two years earlier and 5.8% more than the previous year.
Grazing cattle underpin calf and feeder demand
Cash and futures prices showed some spark this week, buoyed by sharply stronger outside markets. Calves and yearlings traded mostly steady to $5 higher at auction, according to the Agricultural marketing Service (AMS).
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.

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