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 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
in Cattle Economics Mar 30, 2014

Without Expansion, The U.S. Beef Industry Is Unsustainable

The problem with ignorance is that sooner or later it catches up to you. I’m not talking about innate stupidity or choosing to be intentionally....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Mar 04, 2014

Coalition Is Working To Realize The Opportunity In Sustainability

When’s the last time you thought of McDonald’s or Walmart as a customer? More important, when’s the last time you thought about McDonald’s as an ally?....More
in Cattle Economics Mar 02, 2014

Count On $1,000 Calves & $1,000 Cull Cows For The Next Five Years

“It’s one thing to be cautious, but it’s another thing to be so cynical that you miss taking advantage of an opportunity,”....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Jan 27, 2014

Why Is Beef Demand Growing As Per-Capita Income Shrinks?

As domestic per-capita wealth overall declines, there is a growing demand for pricier beef. Here are three reasons for the wealth-beef paradox....More
how much are seedstock bulls worth
in Cattle Economics Jan 26, 2014

A Bull Purchase Is More Than Just Buying Genetics

There seems to be a growing price gap between bulls based on the value of seedstock suppliers themselves. How much are you willing to pay for a good....More
test tube burgers
in Cattle Economics Dec 30, 2013

Delivering Value To Beef Consumers Is More Important In Today’s Market

I hope I’m eating brisket in heaven long before meat analogues go mainstream, if they ever do....More
48-hour traceback
in Cattle Economics Nov 27, 2013

A Decade Later, U.S. Beef Industry No Closer To 48-Hour Traceback

At its best, ADT can’t provide 48-hour traceback. ADT may be mandatory, but like the federal programs that preceded it, the National Animal....More
in Cattle Economics Oct 28, 2013

Tough Questions On Technology Adoption In The Beef Industry

"Science tells us if we can do something. Society tells us if we should do it." See how this relates to the beef industry here....More

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