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

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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
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
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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
in Cattle Economics Jun 23, 2016

Consumers determine beef’s fortune and future

A panel of economists and beef experts thinks the prosperity and economic sustainability of the beef industry begins and ends with consumers. Do you....More
Replacement heifers
in Cattle Economics Jun 08, 2016

What’s the value of genomics in heifer selection?

Research shows a breakeven value of $24 per heifer....More
in Cattle Economics May 24, 2016

Bull buyers demand breeding assurance

Buying a bull is a big investment. Find out how other producers are selecting their herd sires to guarantee a successful return....More
in Cattle Economics Apr 25, 2016

Managing costs is key to riding out cattle cycle

We are looking at several years of pretty tight financial situation for U.S. agriculture. Farm income is less than half of the 2013 peak, and we....More
sick calves
in BEEF Editors' Blog Apr 13, 2016

How much money have you lost to BVD?

A lot of the losses from calves persistently infected with BVD aren’t noticeable. But the disease wallops the beef business with as much as a $2.5....More

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