Wes Ishmael

Contributing Editor, Penton Media, Inc.

Among the industry’s most insightful thinkers, Wes Ishmael concentrates on industry price and market perspectives for BEEF magazine. Along with his monthly “Cattle Economics” column, he also writes the BEEF Stocker Trends electronic newsletter, coordinates the National Stocker Award competition, and contributes to the Beef Stocker USA website produced by BEEF and Kansas State University. A BEEF contributing editor since 1999, he’s been involved with livestock publications since 1983. Wes grew up in Colorado and has always been in and around the livestock business; he now lives at Benbrook, TX.

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May 11, 2015

10 opportunites ahead for beef producers

Gary Smith asked a group of industry leaders to identify key opportunities for beef over the next decade. See their top 10 list below....More
Mar 30, 2015

Beef producers, consumers must find common ground on production ethics

As food producers, we can’t say to consumers: “Growing food is a noble cause, but it’s none of your business how we do it.’” Here's why cattle....More
Mar 02, 2015

Expansion means emphasis must shift from cost to increasing value

The cattle feeding and packing infrastructure will continue to be strained as numbers build, while cattle prices should continue in record territory....More
Jan 29, 2015

BEEF Seedstock 100 shows how genetics providers help their customers compete

Seedstock producers are capturing more objective data than ever before in the name of building genetics with increasing levels of predictability....More
Jan 06, 2015

Simplot uses targeted crossbreeding for more efficient cattle

Simplot is 10 years into the target crossbreeding project. The goals include matching cattle to the environment, maximizing hybrid vigor, producing....More
Dec 02, 2014

Beef demand results continue to be positive

Beef demand – true beef demand – has increased 16 of the last 17 quarters as measured by the quarterly All Fresh Beef Demand Index....More
stocker gain
Oct 09, 2014

Profit Prospects Look Great For Gain In Today’s Stocker Market

The potential value of gain depends on the overall feeder price level, along with the price spread (rollback) between the purchase price of the....More
should you expand your beef cowherd?
Sep 10, 2014

Are You A Candidate For Cowherd Expansion?

There's plenty of talk about cowherd expansion. The bottom line is that some operations have to get better before they get bigger....More
record prices for cattle doesn't mean producers can slack
Aug 05, 2014

Even With Today’s High Cattle Prices, Details Matter

High cattle prices now should not be viewed as a substitute for pursuit of better cattle management and quality. Derrell Peel....More
Jun 24, 2014

Feeder Prices Continued To Surpass The Most Optimistic Expectation

The very tight feeder calf supply resulting from the historically small beef cowherd underpins the bullish argument for the feeder cattle market....More
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Wes Ishmael provides tightly focused analysis and commentary on specific beef quality and marketing issues of practical importance to beef producers.

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