Cattle Economics Wes Ishmael provides tightly focused analysis and commentary on specific beef quality and marketing issues of practical importance to beef producers. en Stocker operators: Focus on managing wellness outcomes to reduce risk <div class="node-body blog-body">“When we manage for wellness, fewer animals get sick and fewer non-sick animals are treated,” explains Robin Falkner, a Zoetis technical services veterinarian who works with Timberlawn. “This reduces stressful interactions with starting groups and frees up personnel time to focus on husbandry and stockman activities. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal Health Animal Welfare Cattle Economics Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:35:00 +0000 105911 at When times get tough, maximize capital efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body">Are your dollars working for you or against you? When prices drop, it's time to focus on capital efficiency. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ranching Cow-Calf Marketing Cattle Economics Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:25:00 +0000 104671 at How to control costs & spur cowherd revenues <div class="node-body blog-body">Success will come from optimizing expenses and performance by building a production system that will yield the lowest unit cost of production for the most valuable calf that can be produced in the operational environment.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Farm Operations Cattle Economics Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:46:00 +0000 103531 at Best risk strategy options for cattle producers <div class="node-body blog-body">How do you manage price risk amid gut-wrenching volatility? Preserve and add value to your calf-crop. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ranching Feedlots Farm Operations Marketing Cattle Economics Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:16:00 +0000 102551 at Consumers determine beef’s fortune and future <div class="node-body blog-body">A panel of economists and beef experts thinks the prosperity and economic sustainability of the beef industry begins and ends with consumers. Do you agree?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beef Quality Cattle Economics Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:10:00 +0000 102461 at What’s the value of genomics in heifer selection? <div class="node-body blog-body">Research shows a breakeven value of $24 per heifer.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Genetics Cattle Economics Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:19:00 +0000 102101 at <p>Genomic testing can improve heifer quality</p> Bull buyers demand breeding assurance <div class="node-body blog-body">Buying a bull is a big investment. Find out how other producers are selecting their herd sires to guarantee a successful return. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ranching Genetics Seedstock Cattle Economics Tue, 24 May 2016 16:32:00 +0000 101681 at Managing costs is key to riding out cattle cycle <div class="node-body blog-body">We are looking at several years of pretty tight financial situation for U.S. agriculture. Farm income is less than half of the 2013 peak, and we expect it to remain low for the next several years.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Farm Operations Cattle Economics Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0000 100491 at Projected lifetime returns: Bred heifers <div class="node-body blog-body">What economic and production factors impact the economic value of preg-checked heifers in your cowherd?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cow-Calf Marketing Cattle Economics Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:48:00 +0000 100061 at Transparency pays for beef producers <div class="node-body blog-body">Consumer demand for increased transparency in agriculture is calling on beef producers to start the conversation. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Communication Agenda Cattle Economics Sun, 03 Apr 2016 20:22:00 +0000 99791 at