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 Aug 28, 2012

Shrinking Cattle Numbers Could Lead To Permanent Downsizing

“I think the drought may be exaggerating that a bit currently, but I think the overall incentive to put weight on cattle outside of the feedlot will....More
in Cattle Economics Jul 25, 2012

Industry’s Future Is In Sector Collaboration

There’s exponentially more vertical cooperation today than there was then, everything from branded beef programs and special feeder cattle sales to a....More
in Cattle Economics Jun 22, 2012

Calves Will Be Fewer, And More Expensive

“As we (the industry) keep heifers back and we work through the tail end of last year’s drought cattle, we’re just now on the....More
in Cattle Economics May 28, 2012

LFTB And BSE; Why Two Different Outcomes?

Public relations disasters can be as real and damaging as anything Mother Nature can conjure....More
in Cattle Economics Apr 24, 2012

What is Beef Demand Doing?

If you judge beef demand by wholesale values, you likely turned a little queasy in March, thinking about those extra replacement heifers prowling the....More
in Cattle Economics Mar 28, 2012

Managing For Margin More Important Today Than Ever

“Most of my life I made a living trying to figure out which way the markets would move and to what degree; and I was pretty successful at it,” John....More
in Cattle Economics Feb 28, 2012

Economic Signals Are In Place For Restocking To Begin

“The economic signals are in place for restocking to begin this year,” says Randy Blach, CattleFax CEO. “All we need now is a....More
in Cattle Economics Feb 13, 2012

Beef Exports Shatter Records

Beef exports finished the year at 1.287 million metric tons (mt) valued at $5.42 billion. This broke the 2003 volume record of 1.274 million mt and....More
in Cattle Economics Feb 13, 2012

Expansion Signals Grow

Though cow-calf producers are not yet in expansion mode, generally speaking, Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University agricultural economist, says the....More
in Cattle Economics Feb 13, 2012

More Cattle on Feed and Reduced Slaughter are Losing Proposition

“Feedlot-bound cattle seem to be nearing a price ceiling as the fed-cattle market has stalled out and packers have cut kills to limit their immediate....More

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