Market Advisor http://beefmagazine.com/blog/2994/feed Harlan Hughes has spent a professional lifetime helping U.S. beef producers better manage the business end of their beef cow operations. en Part 3 In Harlan’s “Thinking Expansion?” Series http://beefmagazine.com/blog/part-3-harlan-s-thinking-expansion-series <div class="node-body blog-body">This year’s rapid price increases require each rancher to rethink his long-run business plan. Such profit opportunity comes around only one or twice in a rancher’s lifetime, and how one responds is critical to the long-run economic performance of the beef cowherd.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/part-3-harlan-s-thinking-expansion-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/part-3-harlan-s-thinking-expansion-series#comments Cattle Industry Structure Ranch Management Tips For Profit Market Advisor Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 77911 at http://beefmagazine.com Thinking About Herd Expansion? Keep These Points In Mind http://beefmagazine.com/blog/thinking-about-herd-expansion-keep-these-points-mind <div class="node-body blog-body">We all know it costs money to expand a beef cowherd, and net cash flow will decrease in the early years of expansion. Here's how that could impact your cowherd. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/thinking-about-herd-expansion-keep-these-points-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/thinking-about-herd-expansion-keep-these-points-mind#comments Cattle Industry Structure Sustainability Market Advisor Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 76761 at http://beefmagazine.com Should You Expand Your Cowherd? Take This Test http://beefmagazine.com/blog/should-you-expand-your-cowherd-take-test <div class="node-body blog-body">Should your cow herd get bigger or get better before it gets bigger? BEEF Columnist Harlan Hughes looks at expansion possibilities in the first of his three-part Market Advisor series. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/should-you-expand-your-cowherd-take-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/should-you-expand-your-cowherd-take-test#comments Cattle Industry Structure Cattle Marketing Business Tips For Profit Market Advisor Sat, 07 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 75711 at http://beefmagazine.com Is There A Game Change Just Ahead For Ranchers? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-game-change-just-ahead-ranchers <div class="node-body blog-body">My calculated feedlot profits for March 2014-finished cattle are at or near record levels for finished cattle. Feedlots making money appear to be willing and able to bid aggressively for replacements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-game-change-just-ahead-ranchers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/there-game-change-just-ahead-ranchers#comments Cattle Prices Feedlots Tips For Profit Market Advisor Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 74191 at http://beefmagazine.com Harlan Projects $276/Cow Profit In 2014 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/harlan-projects-276cow-profit-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>After another month of record cattle prices. I&rsquo;d planned on moving to another subject in my April 2014 column, but I am compelled to the observations of my mid-month price analysis. Figure 1 presents the eastern Wyoming-western Nebraska sale-barn prices for the week of Feb. 15. All steer calves weighing less than 620 lbs. brought over $200/cwt., 800-lb. feeder steers averaged $170/cwt., and 10 head of 1,053-lb. feeder steers sold for $150/cwt.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/harlan-projects-276cow-profit-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/harlan-projects-276cow-profit-2014#comments Cow-Calf Ranch Management Cattle Marketing Market Advisor Sun, 30 Mar 2014 05:04:00 +0000 72971 at http://beefmagazine.com Despite Record Prices, Push The Pencil For The Best Selling Option http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-record-prices-push-pencil-best-selling-option <div class="node-body blog-body">Current corn prices are lowering cost of gain, and current marketing buy/sell margins are putting upward pressure on breakeven cost of gain. Be sure to use a sharp pencil in making your post-weaning marketing plans for your 2013 calves.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-record-prices-push-pencil-best-selling-option" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/despite-record-prices-push-pencil-best-selling-option#comments Ranch Management Cattle Marketing Tips For Profit Market Advisor Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:10:00 +0000 72151 at http://beefmagazine.com What’s The Best Way To Market Beef Calves This Year? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-best-way-market-beef-calves-year <div class="node-body blog-body">Most of the ranch profit in recent years has been made from running the cows, not from post-weaning marketing alternatives.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-best-way-market-beef-calves-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-best-way-market-beef-calves-year#comments Cattle Prices Cow-Calf Cattle Markets Market Advisor Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 70321 at http://beefmagazine.com Lower Feed Costs Will Boost Cowherd Returns In 2014 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/lower-feed-costs-will-boost-cowherd-returns-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body">My current projections for the production of 2014 calves for this study herd suggest a slight increase in earned net returns, thanks to lower feed-cost projections for 2014. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/lower-feed-costs-will-boost-cowherd-returns-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/lower-feed-costs-will-boost-cowherd-returns-2014#comments Cattle Prices Cattle Feed Prices Market Advisor Wed, 08 Jan 2014 02:18:00 +0000 69611 at http://beefmagazine.com Year-End Analysis Shows Replacement Costs Are Surging http://beefmagazine.com/blog/year-end-analysis-shows-replacement-costs-are-surging <div class="node-body blog-body">The cattle market is now signaling that ranchers are starting to hold back replacement heifers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/year-end-analysis-shows-replacement-costs-are-surging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/year-end-analysis-shows-replacement-costs-are-surging#comments Cow-Calf Cattle Markets Market Advisor Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:24:00 +0000 68591 at http://beefmagazine.com Projecting The Cost Of Gain On Fall Calves http://beefmagazine.com/blog/projecting-cost-gain-fall-calves <div class="node-body blog-body">Columnist Harlan Hughes projects fall calf prices and breakevens for the next year in his Market Advisor column. He suggests that perhaps this is the year to wean and background calves.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/projecting-cost-gain-fall-calves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/projecting-cost-gain-fall-calves#comments Cattle Marketing Business Tips For Profit Market Advisor Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:11:00 +0000 67002 at http://beefmagazine.com