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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Nov 28, 2016

Beef producers: Ask the right questions

If we weren’t already doing it this way, how would we start?....More
Nov 01, 2016

Fear and faltering cattle prices

While it's likely that the cattle market is just returning to a more normal cycle, fear remains that there is no bottom to markets once the cowherd....More
Oct 03, 2016

Stocker operators: Focus on managing wellness outcomes to reduce risk

“When we manage for wellness, fewer animals get sick and fewer non-sick animals are treated,” explains Robin Falkner, a Zoetis technical services....More
Sep 15, 2016

When times get tough, maximize capital efficiency

Are your dollars working for you or against you? When prices drop, it's time to focus on capital efficiency....More
cow calf profits
Jul 28, 2016

How to control costs & spur cowherd revenues

Success will come from optimizing expenses and performance by building a production system that will yield the lowest unit cost of production for the....More
Jun 27, 2016

Best risk strategy options for cattle producers

How do you manage price risk amid gut-wrenching volatility? Preserve and add value to your calf-crop....More
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
Replacement heifers
Jun 08, 2016

What’s the value of genomics in heifer selection?

Research shows a breakeven value of $24 per heifer....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

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