Blog Contributors

Mike Apley

Mike Apley, DVM, PhD, is a professor in clinical sciences at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

in Vet's Opinion Jan 06, 2015

A 100-year-old knife has modern-day lessons

Technologies contributing to efficiency in modern agricultural production continue to evolve, with the result being that less than 2% of Americans need to be involved in agriculture. Our population continues to migrate to cities, where they only have to spend about 6.6% of annual consumer expenditures on food....More

W. Mark Hilton

W. Mark Hilton, DVM, is a clinical professor of beef production medicine in the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, IN.

in Vet's Opinion Jan 29, 2015

Attention, all cattle producers: your industry needs you!

If you’re already a member of your national, state and local cattle associations, good for you. If not, get involved....More

Harlan Hughes

Harlan Hughes is a North Dakota State University professor emeritus and author of the monthly "Market Advisor" column that appears in BEEF magazine. He also consults and lectures widely, making presentations on ranch business management at various state, regional and national beef...

in Market Advisor Mar 04, 2015

What’s the value of a bred beef heifer in 2015?

Harlan Hughes projects that the economic value of a crossbred heifer born in 2013, bred in 2014, and calving in the spring of 2015 will be record-high....More

Wes Ishmael

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...

in Cattle Economics Mar 02, 2015

Expansion means emphasis must shift from cost to increasing value

The cattle feeding and packing infrastructure will continue to be strained as numbers build, while cattle prices should continue in record territory....More

Steve Kay

Steve Kay is editor and publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly (www.cattlebuyersweekly.com ) subscription newsletter, the number-one marketing and business newsletter for the...

in Meat Matters Mar 03, 2015

Exports logged a record value for U.S. beef producers in 2014

The export value per head of fed slaughter averaged a record $297.68 last year, up $52.72 from the previous year....More

Scott Laudert

Scott B. Laudert, Ph.D., is a beef cattle technical consultant and former Kansas State University Extension livestock specialist based in Woodland Park, CO.

Troy Marshall

Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock and World Champion Horse Judging teams. Following college, he worked as a market analyst for...

Mar 05, 2015

Despite the anticipation, calving season always ends with a weary rancher

I’ve found you can treat the calving season blues by walking through the calves, but there are only three definitively known cures. They are to calve when Mother Nature intended, calving out the very last cow or seeing the first blade of green grass....More
in Cattle Economics Nov 03, 2014

How A New Calf Verification Program Can Equal More Money At Sale Time

A newly launched marketing program called Top Dollar Angus aims to certify the gain and marbling value of feeder calves, which means more money to sellers....More

Amanda Radke

A fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, SD, Amanda grew up on a purebred Limousin cattle operation in which she and husband Tyler are active. She graduated with a degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University and was active from a young age in advocacy for the U.S. beef...

in BEEF Daily Mar 05, 2015

16 questions we bet Chipotle won't answer

Chipotle recently halted sales of pork to one-third of its restaurants due to a farmer failing an audit. Kevin Murphy, owner and founder of Food-Chain Communications, LLC, asks some pointed questions of the burrito chain that address the contradictions Chipotle has between what it promises consumers and what the company actually delivers....More

Burt Rutherford

Burt has nearly 30 years’ experience communicating about beef industry issues. A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural journalism, he now works from his home base in Amarillo, TX, in the heart of cattle feeding country. He worked as...

in BEEF Editors' Blog Feb 24, 2015

Megatrends in agriculture—how will they affect your ranch?

The times, they are a’changing. But then again, they always have been, especially in agriculture. What are the megatrends in agriculture and how will those looming changes affect you?....More

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