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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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
cowherd hexpansion on fast track
Sep 14, 2015

Cowherd expanion on fast track

Taking a broader view of the cattle inventory, LMIC projects the total U.S. cattle inventory next Jan. 1 at 92.4 million head, which would be 3% more....More
Aug 03, 2015

Has vertical cooperation gone horizontal?

Think horizontally when considering value-added programs in the cattle industry....More
Jul 13, 2015

Are retailer demands taking money from your pocket?

Retail giants recent announcements on animal welfare magnifies the vexing question about if and when producers will develop a system to identify and....More
Jun 02, 2015

Can you justify your ranch's water use? Soon you might have to

For my money, history’s real value — the lessons to be had — come from the people who made it or are in the process of making it....More
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
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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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