Market Advisor http://beefmagazine.com/blog/2994/feed en Another near-record year predicted for cow-calf producers in 2015 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/another-near-record-year-predicted-cow-calf-producers-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">My advice for ranchers is to always compare their marketing alternatives to selling at weaning. To do this, you must price your calves at weaning — whether you sell them or not.</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/another-near-record-year-predicted-cow-calf-producers-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/another-near-record-year-predicted-cow-calf-producers-2015#comments Cow-Calf Business Cattle Markets Market Advisor Mon, 11 May 2015 20:18:00 +0000 89131 at http://beefmagazine.com Don’t bid away future profits by overpaying for cows http://beefmagazine.com/blog/don-t-bid-away-future-profits-overpaying-cows <div class="node-body blog-body">The market price of breeding females is responding to last fall’s high calf prices. Ranchers must be careful not to bid away all the future profit in their added beef cows.</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/don-t-bid-away-future-profits-overpaying-cows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/don-t-bid-away-future-profits-overpaying-cows#comments Cattle Marketing Cattle Markets Market Advisor Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:11:00 +0000 87941 at http://beefmagazine.com What’s the value of a bred beef heifer in 2015? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-bred-beef-heifer-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Harlan Hughes projects that the economic value of a crossbred heifer born in 2013, bred in 2014, and calving in the spring of 2015 will be record-high. </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-value-bred-beef-heifer-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-bred-beef-heifer-2015#comments Cattle Marketing Cattle Markets Tips For Profit Market Advisor Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 86951 at http://beefmagazine.com What’s ahead for 2015 on the cow-calf side? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-ahead-2015-cow-calf-side <div class="node-body blog-body">Generating a profit from finishing cattle in 2015 will be more difficult, thanks to the rapid increase in feeder-cattle prices during 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/what-s-ahead-2015-cow-calf-side" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-ahead-2015-cow-calf-side#comments Cow-Calf Cattle Marketing Tips For Profit Market Advisor Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:39:00 +0000 85781 at http://beefmagazine.com An analysis of 2014 calf prices and projections for 2015 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/analysis-2014-calf-prices-and-projections-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">What a marketing year 2014 was! I prepared a set of price projections for fall weaning prices every month, and each month’s price projections in 2014 were higher than the preceding month, except for August.</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/analysis-2014-calf-prices-and-projections-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/analysis-2014-calf-prices-and-projections-2015#comments Cattle Markets Market Advisor Wed, 07 Jan 2015 01:34:00 +0000 84971 at http://beefmagazine.com What are the economics of a beef cow lease agreement? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-are-economics-beef-cow-lease-agreement <div class="node-body blog-body">Given today’s cull prices and production costs, what beef lease agreement would lead to a more equal allocation of the economic profit between the two partners?</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-are-economics-beef-cow-lease-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-are-economics-beef-cow-lease-agreement#comments Business Tips For Profit Market Advisor Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:00:00 +0000 82771 at http://beefmagazine.com <div class="image_title"> <dl> <dt> Credit: <a data-close-and-redirect="true" data-search-link="Photographer" href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/2/image?artist=Thinkstock+Images&amp;family=creative" id="photographer">Thinkstock Images</a></dt> </dl> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> 3 Steps To Negotiating A Great Cow Lease http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-steps-negotiating-great-cow-lease <div class="node-body blog-body">A common question I get regarding cow leasing is how the calf crop should be shared. In other words, what’s an equitable lease arrangement? I suggest a 2- or 3-year lease with right of renewal under agreement of both partners. </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/3-steps-negotiating-great-cow-lease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-steps-negotiating-great-cow-lease#comments Cattle Markets Market Advisor Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:48:00 +0000 81571 at http://beefmagazine.com Heifer Development Costs Are Down, But Opportunity Costs Are Up http://beefmagazine.com/blog/heifer-development-costs-are-down-opportunity-costs-are <div class="node-body blog-body">Annual heifer development costs have decreased since 2012 as hay prices have fallen, but heifer opportunity costs have risen dramatically.</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/heifer-development-costs-are-down-opportunity-costs-are" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/heifer-development-costs-are-down-opportunity-costs-are#comments Cattle Marketing Tips For Profit Market Advisor Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000 80591 at http://beefmagazine.com Cost Of Developing 2014 Heifer Calves Will Be Record High http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cost-developing-2014-heifer-calves-will-be-record-high <div class="node-body blog-body">With cattle prices up and feed costs down, many producers outside the major drought areas are contemplating holding back additional replacement heifers from their 2014 calf crop. But what are the economics of doing so?</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/cost-developing-2014-heifer-calves-will-be-record-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cost-developing-2014-heifer-calves-will-be-record-high#comments Ranch Management Cattle Markets Tips For Profit Market Advisor Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:35:00 +0000 79431 at http://beefmagazine.com 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