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 Jan 29, 2015

BEEF Seedstock 100 shows how genetics providers help their customers compete

Seedstock producers are capturing more objective data than ever before in the name of building genetics with increasing levels of predictability....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Jan 20, 2015

Wobbly global economy adds some angst to the U.S. cattle market

"Tight supplies will continue to pressure (support) cattle and beef supplies and may well lead yet to new record prices, but markets in 2015 are more....More
in Cattle Economics Jan 06, 2015

Simplot uses targeted crossbreeding for more efficient cattle

Simplot is 10 years into the target crossbreeding project. The goals include matching cattle to the environment, maximizing hybrid vigor, producing....More
in Cattle Economics Dec 02, 2014

Beef demand results continue to be positive

Beef demand – true beef demand – has increased 16 of the last 17 quarters as measured by the quarterly All Fresh Beef Demand Index....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Nov 18, 2014

Beef’s Production Efficiency Contributes To Environmental Quality

Although scientists and agricultural producers often differ in their views of climate change, the fact is the efficiency of U.S. beef production is a....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Oct 14, 2014

Herd Rebuilding? Efficiency Matters As Much As Expansion

It’s true that there always seems to be some land available at a price, but it’s getting tougher to find what’s needed at a price that makes sense....More
stocker gain
in Cattle Economics Oct 09, 2014

Profit Prospects Look Great For Gain In Today’s Stocker Market

The potential value of gain depends on the overall feeder price level, along with the price spread (rollback) between the purchase price of the....More
should you expand your beef cowherd?
in Cattle Economics Sep 10, 2014

Are You A Candidate For Cowherd Expansion?

There's plenty of talk about cowherd expansion. The bottom line is that some operations have to get better before they get bigger....More
record prices for cattle doesn't mean producers can slack
in Cattle Economics Aug 05, 2014

Even With Today’s High Cattle Prices, Details Matter

High cattle prices now should not be viewed as a substitute for pursuit of better cattle management and quality. Derrell Peel....More
in Cattle Economics Jun 24, 2014

Feeder Prices Continued To Surpass The Most Optimistic Expectation

The very tight feeder calf supply resulting from the historically small beef cowherd underpins the bullish argument for the feeder cattle market....More

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