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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May 01, 2011

Take Advantage Of Record Cattle Prices

My current price projections and associated economic analysis suggests that profits are finally returning to the ranch sector. I project decade-high....More
Apr 01, 2011

Today’s Economics For Ranchers

As we enter the “new normal” for the U.S. beef industry, I encourage ranchers to think about the overall economics of the ranching sector. To....More
Mar 01, 2011

Corn Determines Calf Prices

Ranchers are facing a new normal in the beef cow-calf business. The price of corn has replaced the cattle cycle as the key factor determining feeder-....More
Feb 01, 2011

2010 Was A Year Of Change For Cattle Feeding Sector

Two economic forces are driving a new economic “normal” that is unfolding in U.S. ranching – stronger beef demand and near-record high corn prices....More
Jan 06, 2011

U.S. Beef Industry Is Undergoing Large-Scale Change

The beef industry is undergoing large-scale change. The U.S. beef cowherd continues to downsize and fewer finished cattle are being harvested. In....More
Dec 08, 2010

What Is A Pregnant Heifer Worth In Today’s Market?

Though 2010 weaned-calf prices are improved from 2009, higher calf prices alone aren’t sufficient to trigger expansion; higher profits per cow are....More
Nov 04, 2010

Marketing 2010 Beef Calves

As ranchers turn their attention toward marketing 2010 calves, let’s review the economic background of marketing 2009 calves for some possible....More
Oct 06, 2010

How To Make Your Ranch More Profitable

Want to know how you can make your ranch more profitable? The answer is benchmarking, a powerful tool designed to help ranchers identify key....More
Sep 03, 2010

Part 2 Basic Business-Management Questions For The Ranch

There are four, basic business-management questions a ranch family should ask itself....More
Aug 05, 2010

Part 1-Basic Economic Concepts For Running A Profitable Ranch Business

I’m involved in a Wyoming/Nebraska Ranch Practicum where a cadre of instructors teaches the science of ranching. It’s a multiday, hands-on approach....More
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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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