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 May 01, 2010

How To Maximize Cattle Profits By Cutting Production Costs

The markets are finally moving in the right direction for cow-calf producers. But don't let today's more favorable calf prices deter your focus on....More
in Market Advisor Apr 01, 2010

Is a turnaround in the economy ahead?

Since the current biofuels era has negated the long-run effect of the traditional cattle cycle, ranch-management decisions have become more difficult....More
in Market Advisor Mar 01, 2010

Longevity vs. Weaning Weight

My columns of the past few months have focused specifically on the long-run economics of the beef-cow sector, particularly the role of replacement....More
in Market Advisor Feb 01, 2010

The Next Decade: Part III

A key determinant of a beef cowherd's cost structure is the cost of replacement females. That's because the economic impact of high-cost replacements....More
in Market Advisor Jan 01, 2010

The next decade: Part II

Replacement female decisions are among ranch managers' most critical decisions. While complete genetic control is often desired, ranch-raised heifer....More
in Market Advisor Dec 01, 2009

The next decade: Part I

I truly believe ranching in the next decade will not be business as usual. Thus, my next few columns will look to stimulate ranchers' thinking about....More
in Market Advisor Nov 01, 2009

Don't market like 2008

Many ranchers' first inclination in marketing their 2009 calves is to base it on their 2008 calf crop experiences. That could be a serious mistake....More
in Market Advisor Oct 01, 2009

5 non-traditional systems

The higher grain prices of the biofuels era have changed ranching. The key question for many ranchers is whether this suggests that optimal ranch....More
in Market Advisor Sep 01, 2009

What cheaper corn means

Ranchers clearly understand they're at the mercy of the national bio-fuels policy. They also know full well how increasing corn prices the past three....More
in Market Advisor Aug 01, 2009

Marketing weaned calves

What's your marketing strategy for your 2009 weaned calves and 2009 grass cattle? The late June price charts suggest dramatic change in the livestock....More

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