Harlan Hughes is a North Dakota State University professor emeritus and author of the monthly "Market Advisor" column that appears in BEEF magazine. He also consults and lectures widely, making presentations on ranch business management at various state, regional and national beef industry events. He retired as the NDSU Extension livestock economist in 2000 and now lives in Laramie, WY.

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marketing cattle
Jan 29, 2014

What’s The Best Way To Market Beef Calves This Year?

Most of the ranch profit in recent years has been made from running the cows, not from post-weaning marketing alternatives....More
lower feed costs may spur expansion
Jan 07, 2014

Lower Feed Costs Will Boost Cowherd Returns In 2014

My current projections for the production of 2014 calves for this study herd suggest a slight increase in earned net returns, thanks to lower feed-....More
heifer replacement costs
Nov 28, 2013

Year-End Analysis Shows Replacement Costs Are Surging

The cattle market is now signaling that ranchers are starting to hold back replacement heifers....More
fall marketing tips for cattle producers
Oct 28, 2013

Projecting The Cost Of Gain On Fall Calves

Columnist Harlan Hughes projects fall calf prices and breakevens for the next year in his Market Advisor column. He suggests that perhaps this is the....More
cattle marketing strategy tips
Sep 30, 2013

Figure Your Best Strategy For Marketing 2013 Calves

As you sell calves this fall, Harlan Hughes provides a market outlook to help with your marketing strategy....More
trends in cow-calf production in past 50 years
Sep 04, 2013

Beef Cow Production Will Continue To Shift Out Of The Corn Belt

A 50-year review of several key economic indicators in five representative years of roughly 10-year increments provides some interesting insights....More
benchmark your cowherd against industry standards
Jul 27, 2013

Size Up Your Herd Performance With These Benchmarks

The national beef cow inventory is at a 50-year low, and long-run corn prices are projected to trend lower. These are two positive indicators for....More
cowherd profits lower in 2013
Jun 26, 2013

Lower Net Returns Expected For Cowherds In 2013

Due to last winter’s higher hay prices, cattle market advisor Harlan Hughes project lower net returns for beef cowherds in 2013....More
cowherd price predictions for 2014
May 27, 2013

If Nature Cooperates, Good Times Are Ahead For Beef Producers

The national beef cow inventory is at a 50-year low, and long-run corn prices are projected to trend lower. These are two positive indicators for....More
cattle prices forecasted out for the next decade
May 03, 2013

Forecasting The Cattle Market For The Rest Of The Decade

All in all, barring any additional drought years, the post-drought economic forecast for beef cow producers is quite favorable....More
What's Market Advisor?

Harlan Hughes has spent a professional lifetime helping U.S. beef producers better manage the business end of their beef cow operations.

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