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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Jun 23, 2016

Consumers determine beef’s fortune and future

A panel of economists and beef experts thinks the prosperity and economic sustainability of the beef industry begins and ends with consumers. Do you....More
May 24, 2016

Bull buyers demand breeding assurance

Buying a bull is a big investment. Find out how other producers are selecting their herd sires to guarantee a successful return....More
Apr 25, 2016

Managing costs is key to riding out cattle cycle

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....More
Apr 03, 2016

Transparency pays for beef producers

Consumer demand for increased transparency in agriculture is calling on beef producers to start the conversation....More
Feb 18, 2016

Will the roller coaster ride in price discovery continue?

In 2015, we ended up with the largest net meat supply increase in our domestic market for any single year going back to 1950....More
Feb 08, 2016

Price spreads likely to widen

No matter the particular market, the top calves — those that pose buyers the least risk, the most market opportunity and usually a combination of the....More
Jan 04, 2016

Managing risk is more important than ever

There seems little doubt that recent volatility and uncertainty caused some to delay marketing decisions. It seems the recent market crash has pushed....More
Dec 07, 2015

Cattle buyers still find value, pay more for healthy cattle

Cattle buyers continue to pay more for calves with added health assurance, but not necessarily the way people often think of such programs....More
Nov 02, 2015

Lessons from the 2015 cattle market wreck

Though there were other contributors to the late summer - early fall market slide, the backlog of overdone cattle fueled the price slide....More
Oct 05, 2015

Snapshot of today's stocker operater

The number of producers exclusively in the stocker business and those who have both stocker cattle and cattle feeding enterprises is growing....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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