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 Mar 30, 2014

Harlan Projects $276/Cow Profit In 2014

After another month of record cattle prices. I’d planned on moving to another subject in my April 2014 column, but I am compelled to the....More
in Market Advisor Mar 09, 2014

Despite Record Prices, Push The Pencil For The Best Selling Option

Current corn prices are lowering cost of gain, and current marketing buy/sell margins are putting upward pressure on breakeven cost of gain. Be sure....More
marketing cattle
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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
in Market Advisor 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
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

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