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

hungry cattle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Mar 16, 2016

Cargill’s move brings antibiotic issue to a feedyard near you

What affect will Cargill’s move to cut the use of shared-class antibiotics have on the debate over the use of those products in cattle production?....More
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in BEEF Editors' Blog Mar 02, 2016

Retail beef prices edging lower. Will the trend continue?

Both retail beef prices and fed cattle prices are trending lower, but at different rates. Are retailers padding their margins?....More
in Cattle Economics Feb 18, 2016

Will the roller coaster ride in price discovery continue?

In 2015, we ended up with the largest net meat supply increase in our domestic market for any single year going back to 1950....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Feb 17, 2016

Pasture lease rates continue higher

Continued year-over-year increases in the cost of pasture leases leave cattle producers wondering how much higher rents can go....More
in Cattle Economics Feb 08, 2016

Price spreads likely to widen

No matter the particular market, the top calves — those that pose buyers the least risk, the most market opportunity and usually a combination of the....More
Veteranarian relationship important
in BEEF Editors' Blog Feb 03, 2016

Start VFD preparation now

If recent reports are correct, plenty of beef producers, and veterinarians as well, need to become better informed of the ins, outs and implications....More
Feeder cattle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Jan 20, 2016

Cattle futures: Trading hope or thin air?

Cattle futures have become more of a liability than a benefit for many producers, NCBA asserts....More
in Cattle Economics Jan 04, 2016

Managing risk is more important than ever

There seems little doubt that recent volatility and uncertainty caused some to delay marketing decisions. It seems the recent market crash has pushed....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Dec 30, 2015

2016 BEEF Seedstock 100 now online

Looking for genetics? Look no further than BEEF’s Seedstock 100 list....More
wheat pasture cattle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Dec 22, 2015

Did Christmas come early for the cattle market?

An array of good market news the past few days revives Christmas hope for cattle market. Maybe the market hit bottom, finally....More

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