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

in Cattle Economics Nov 28, 2016

Beef producers: Ask the right questions

If we weren’t already doing it this way, how would we start?....More
Election results
in BEEF Editors' Blog Nov 22, 2016

Are we a nation divided?

While the nation seems divided between red and blue, it’s not as simple as that....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Nov 02, 2016

Capital benefits of low-stress handling

Increased gain. Increased conception rates. Less cattle sickness. Improved carcass quality....More
in Cattle Economics Nov 01, 2016

Fear and faltering cattle prices

While it's likely that the cattle market is just returning to a more normal cycle, fear remains that there is no bottom to markets once the cowherd....More
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
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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
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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

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