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Jun 02, 2015

Harlan Hughes: Could 2015 be a profit repeat?

These two years of high profits should set a firm background for national expansion over the rest of this decade. I project that another cattle cycle....More
Jun 02, 2015

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

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 producers1

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
Mar 30, 2015

Beef producers, consumers must find common ground on production ethics

As food producers, we can’t say to consumers: “Growing food is a noble cause, but it’s none of your business how we do it.’” Here's why cattle....More
Mar 02, 2015

Expansion means emphasis must shift from cost to increasing value1

The cattle feeding and packing infrastructure will continue to be strained as numbers build, while cattle prices should continue in record territory....More
Jan 29, 2015

BEEF Seedstock 100 shows how genetics providers help their customers compete2

Seedstock producers are capturing more objective data than ever before in the name of building genetics with increasing levels of predictability....More
Jan 06, 2015

Simplot uses targeted crossbreeding for more efficient cattle2

Simplot is 10 years into the target crossbreeding project. The goals include matching cattle to the environment, maximizing hybrid vigor, producing....More
Dec 02, 2014

Beef demand results continue to be positive

Beef demand – true beef demand – has increased 16 of the last 17 quarters as measured by the quarterly All Fresh Beef Demand Index....More
Nov 03, 2014

How A New Calf Verification Program Can Equal More Money At Sale Time

A newly launched marketing program called Top Dollar Angus aims to certify the gain and marbling value of feeder calves, which means more money to....More
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?2

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?6

"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?11

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

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...
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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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