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.

Posts by Harlan Hughes

in Market Advisor Nov 28, 2016

Cattle, price cycles return with a vengeance

However you do your business accounting on your ranch, 2016 will go down as a tough, tough year....More
in Market Advisor Oct 31, 2016

Alternative cattle marketing decisions for tough times

Spend some office time this year generating your own analysis of alternative marketing programs for your 2016 calves. The rewards could be very....More
in Market Advisor Oct 03, 2016

4 questions to ask before marketing 2016 calves

Prices have created added stress as we make our fall marketing decisions. Economist Harlan Hughes encourages producers to think through a few....More
in Market Advisor Sep 15, 2016

Post-weaning marketing strategies

The key to evaluating postweaning marketing alternatives is to price your feeders at each step of the marketing program and calculate your profits....More
in Market Advisor Aug 01, 2016

Reduce calving interval, increase profit per cow

Ranchers can lower production costs by reducing the calving interval for their cow herds....More
in Market Advisor Jun 27, 2016

Do your cows stack up?

Examine your herd’s weaknesses one by one to see if you can do something to improve. As you remove weaknesses from your herd, herd profit tends to go....More
in Market Advisor May 24, 2016

Price implications of the next cattle cycle

After-effects of the herd expansion trend may create tough times ahead in the next cattle cycle....More
in Market Advisor Apr 25, 2016

What to expect from the upcoming cattle cycle

All indications are that the cattle cycle is back, alive and well. Cattle cycles are not always friendly to beef cow producers, but are a true....More
in Cattle Economics Apr 11, 2016

Projected lifetime returns: Bred heifers

What economic and production factors impact the economic value of preg-checked heifers in your cowherd?....More
in Cattle Economics Feb 18, 2016

2016 beef enterprise cost outlook: Bred heifers

The cost of maintaining a static breeding herd is projected down substantially for 2016 going into 2017....More

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