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 Jul 01, 2009

Marketing 2009 calves: Part II

These are unprecedented economic times that call for unprecedented management actions by ranchers. Previous columns have focused on the cost side of....More
in Market Advisor Jun 01, 2009

Marketing 2009 calves: Part I

In previous columns, we've discussed producers' preparation of cost-and-return projections for 2009 calves. This month, we'll develop a set of....More
in Market Advisor May 01, 2009

Costs & returns: Part V

Given current economic pressures, it's imperative that ranch managers work to increase profits from their beef cow-calf herds. One immediate action is....More
in Market Advisor Apr 01, 2009

Costs & returns: Part IV

Given the current economic pressure on the beef-cow sector, it's imperative that ranchers prepare a detailed production and economic projection for....More
in Market Advisor Mar 01, 2009

Costs & returns: Part III

This series of articles is designed to help ranchers manage through today's tough economic times as economic pressures build on the beef-cow sector....More
in Market Advisor Feb 01, 2009

Costs & returns: Part II

Particularly in today's tough economic times, there are three red flag/green flag business measures on which astute ranchers should focus, and all are....More
in Market Advisor Jan 01, 2009

Costs & returns: Part I

Our national economic crisis is impacting beef-cow producers. In fact, my latest monthly price analysis and management implications study suggests all....More
in Market Advisor Dec 01, 2008

Economy's effect on ranchers

So what's the projected impact of the financial crisis on ranchers? The value of the U.S. dollar is going to be a major driver of beef exports, and....More
in Market Advisor Dec 01, 2008

Marketing in the new conditions

I'm not sure the general public really appreciates how close this country was to an economic meltdown in September/October 2008. There's little doubt....More
in Market Advisor Nov 01, 2008

Lowering your breakeven - part II

This month, I'll share a primary database I use in benchmarking a ranch. The data is taken from the 2007 annual North Dakota Farm Business Management....More

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