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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breeding cattle
Sep 03, 2013

Industry Innovation Is One Thing, But Adoption Is Another

Innovation and technology have enabled the smallest cowherd since 1963 to churn out about as much beef as it did when cow numbers were at their peak....More
stocker cattle pricing for cost of gain
Jul 27, 2013

Tips For Identifying Trends In Calf Prices

Increased corn prices and volatility mean the industry is working closer to that stocker-or-feedlot line of economic demarcation more often....More
calf prices fixing to jump in 2013
Jun 21, 2013

Economists Say There's A Calf Price Rally Ahead

Rational logic says calf prices are fixing to jump. Run the pencil now so you can spy the windows of opportunity in calf prices when they appear....More
consumers flinch with high beef prices
May 24, 2013

Beef Demand Remains Surprisingly Strong Despite High Retail Prices

As retail prices grow with decreasing supplies, consumers receive less value for their beef purchase unless benefits continue to increase....More
food labels that consumers care about
May 01, 2013

Here’s A Food Label That Consumers Care About

Imagine this: a labeling program that consumers care about, and one that promises to help market more beef rather than hinder it, like COOL does....More
cattle marketing requires careful planning
Mar 25, 2013

Success Amid Today’s Cattle Market Volatility Necessitates A Good Economic Plan

If Mother Nature cooperates this year and spawns a bumper corn crop, plenty of analysts peg corn prices sharply lower – in the $5-$6/bu. range. In....More
Feb 25, 2013

Ram Truck Super Bowl Ad Shares The Heart Of Ag

If you watched February’s Super Bowl, you were likely as heartened as you were surprised to see a two-minute commercial from Ram® Trucks and sister....More
U.S. beef industry quality assurance
Jan 23, 2013

BQA Is Emblematic Of Beef Production Stewardship

Even though 2012 beef exports were below the previous year’s record pace in terms of volume through the first 11 months, the value of those products....More
Dec 20, 2012

Cost Management Really Pays In Tough Times

Cost management is much like heterosis. Used wisely, it always pays; but it pays most when conditions are at their worst....More
Nov 26, 2012

States Lead The Way In ID Traceability

Suspension of the state’s brucellosis testing program in August 2011 was the impetus behind the Texas Animal Disease Traceability program. Beginning....More

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