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 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
in Market Advisor Feb 08, 2016

Has the cattle market turned?

The cattle industry was due for some tough, tough adjustments after record prices of 2014 and 2015. But what should we expect for 2016?....More
in Market Advisor Jan 06, 2016

2015 year-end cattle industry analysis

Regardless of how you market your beef calf crop, at year’s end it is always useful to document the economic performance of your beef cow herd as if....More
in Market Advisor Dec 07, 2015

Don't get hung up on 2014; 2015 will still bring profit

What we all should do is put 2014 behind us and focus our attention on the 2015-2016 marketing picture. There is nothing wrong with earning the....More
in Cattle Economics Oct 29, 2015

Is the cattle cycle back? Part 2 of a 2-part series

Will we see cattle cycles again? Assuming that corn prices stay reasonably stable, as we saw before 2006, I would answer “Yes, I think so.”....More

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