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 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
beef producers are expanding
in BEEF Editors' Blog Jun 10, 2014

Which Cattle Operations Will Be Expanding, And Where?

Some expect the cowherd to grow as fast and far as forage and profit potential will allow—more of a traditional cyclical scenario....More
in Cattle Economics May 18, 2014

What Is The Future Of Genetic Evaluation?

"The biggest issue for us and our customers is whether we will be able to get genetic evaluation information going forward that allows us to create....More
in Cattle Economics May 07, 2014

What Price Does The World Pay For Shunning Technology?

Other than potential entrees, there seems little linking golden rice, genetically modified salmon, and beef from a steer implanted with growth....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Apr 29, 2014

2014 BEEF Stocker Award Nominations Are Open

America’s top stocker operator will win $2,000 in Zoetis product, a BEEF magazine cover story, and $1,000 in travel expenses....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Apr 01, 2014

I’m Having An Internal Conversation About Beef’s Future

Speculation about herd expansion seems to fit squarely into two groups currently. At least it does when I’m chatting with myself....More

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