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 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
Feedyard cattle
in BEEF Editors' Blog Dec 09, 2015

COOL keeps on robbing

COOL retaliation is certain unless the Senate acts quickly....More
in Cattle Economics Dec 07, 2015

Cattle buyers still find value, pay more for healthy cattle

Cattle buyers continue to pay more for calves with added health assurance, but not necessarily the way people often think of such programs....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Nov 24, 2015

Consumers want transparency. Are you ready?

If you’re growing weary of hearing about the need for further transparency in this age of c....More
Steaks on the grill
in BEEF Editors' Blog Nov 11, 2015

WHO weaves a tangled web

Is there something more nefarious than just an anti-beef agenda in the recent WHO-IARC cancer report?....More

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