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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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
May 18, 2014

What Is The Future Of Genetic Evaluation?

"The biggest issue for us and our customers is whether we will be able to get genetic evaluation information going forward that allows us to create....More
May 07, 2014

What Price Does The World Pay For Shunning Technology?

Other than potential entrees, there seems little linking golden rice, genetically modified salmon, and beef from a steer implanted with growth....More
Mar 30, 2014

Without Expansion, The U.S. Beef Industry Is Unsustainable

The problem with ignorance is that sooner or later it catches up to you. I’m not talking about innate stupidity or choosing to be intentionally....More
Mar 02, 2014

Count On $1,000 Calves & $1,000 Cull Cows For The Next Five Years

“It’s one thing to be cautious, but it’s another thing to be so cynical that you miss taking advantage of an opportunity,”....More
how much are seedstock bulls worth
Jan 26, 2014

A Bull Purchase Is More Than Just Buying Genetics

There seems to be a growing price gap between bulls based on the value of seedstock suppliers themselves. How much are you willing to pay for a good....More
test tube burgers
Dec 30, 2013

Delivering Value To Beef Consumers Is More Important In Today’s Market

I hope I’m eating brisket in heaven long before meat analogues go mainstream, if they ever do....More

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