Wes Ishmael

Contributing Editor, Penton Media, Inc.

Among the industry’s most insightful thinkers, Wes Ishmael concentrates on industry price and market perspectives for BEEF magazine. Along with his monthly “Cattle Economics” column, he also writes the BEEF Stocker Trends electronic newsletter, coordinates the National Stocker Award competition, and contributes to the Beef Stocker USA website produced by BEEF and Kansas State University. A BEEF contributing editor since 1999, he’s been involved with livestock publications since 1983. Wes grew up in Colorado and has always been in and around the livestock business; he now lives at Benbrook, TX.

Posts by Wes Ishmael

Feeder cattle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Oct 19, 2016

Basis shift looming as changes in Feeder Cattle futures take effect

Changes in the CME Feeder Cattle contract specs will widen the basis....More
in Cattle Economics Oct 03, 2016

Stocker operators: Focus on managing wellness outcomes to reduce risk

“When we manage for wellness, fewer animals get sick and fewer non-sick animals are treated,” explains Robin Falkner, a Zoetis technical services....More
Low-stress cattle handling
in BEEF Editors' Blog Sep 28, 2016

Handle shrink and get a better handle on the bottom line

Shrink in cattle costs money, especially for cow-calf producers....More
in Cattle Economics Sep 15, 2016

When times get tough, maximize capital efficiency

Are your dollars working for you or against you? When prices drop, it's time to focus on capital efficiency....More
Getty Images/ Joe Raedle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Sep 14, 2016

Where do Trump and Hillary stand on ag issues? Pick your poison

Here’s a look at some major ag issues and where Trump and Clinton stand....More
Getty Images/Joe Raedle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Aug 24, 2016

Here’s a counterintuitive idea: Beef demand declines as U.S. employment increases

Beef demand has declined three of the last four quarters....More
cow calf profits
in Cattle Economics Jul 28, 2016

How to control costs & spur cowherd revenues

Success will come from optimizing expenses and performance by building a production system that will yield the lowest unit cost of production for the....More
Fed Cattle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Jul 27, 2016

Down in the mouth about cattle prices? Remember, prices are still historically strong

In spite of general negativity about the cattle market, feeder and calf prices are still historically high....More
Getty Images/Cameron Spencer
in BEEF Editors' Blog Jun 29, 2016

Brexit vote impact uncertain for U.S. beef

Fallout from the Brexit vote continues to rattle markets worldwide....More
in Cattle Economics Jun 27, 2016

Best risk strategy options for cattle producers

How do you manage price risk amid gut-wrenching volatility? Preserve and add value to your calf-crop....More

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