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

trends in cow-calf production in past 50 years
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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 if drought continues in cattle country
in Market Advisor Mar 25, 2013

What If The Drought Continues In 2013?

What if the drought continues into 2013? Market Adviser columnist Harlan Hughes suggests that under certain drought plans it might pay to purchase....More
drought strategy cost harlan hughes
in Market Advisor Feb 25, 2013

Strategies To Build Back The Beef Herd After Drought

A conventional drought repopulation strategy is to buy back as many bred heifers after the drought as cows were sold during the drought. The example....More
drought depoulation & repopulation
in Market Advisor Jan 23, 2013

Thoughts On Repopulating A Beef Herd After Drought

In times of drought, ranchers should focus most of their management energy on cash flowing the herd through the drought and beyond. Remember, a....More
culling cows after drought
in Market Advisor Dec 20, 2012

Consider The Invisible Costs Of Your Drought Strategy

In a continuation of the drought strategies analysis, we project the invisible costs of having fewer calves to sell in the years following the 2012....More
in Market Advisor Nov 26, 2012

Drought Economics – Part II

Last month, I summarized my producer educational programs in past droughts. The key lesson I learned from those droughts was that the optimum drought....More

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