Blog Contributors

Mike Apley

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

in Vet's Opinion Oct 10, 2014

Bovine Lymphosarcoma: Few Cows Show Clinical Signs Of Cattle Disease 

There are multiple forms of bovine lymphoma/lymphosarcoma (different names, same disease). The forms are classified by age of onset, location of the tumors and frequency of occurrence in a population....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 Jul 29, 2014

2014 Is A Year To Boost Calf Sale Weights

High calf prices and relatively low feed prices make 2014 a year to seriously consider adding pounds and profit....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...

Oct 08, 2014

Heifer Development Costs Are Down, But Opportunity Costs Are Up

Annual heifer development costs have decreased since 2012 as hay prices have fallen, but heifer opportunity costs have risen dramatically....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 BEEF Editors' Blog Oct 14, 2014

Herd Rebuilding? Efficiency Matters As Much As Expansion

Even in “bad” years, some beef producers make money, while some producers lose money even in “good” years. With pastureland values surging today relative to cropland values, industry inefficiency is getting tougher to sustain – even with today’s stellar cattle prices. Fortunately, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit for producers to....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 Oct 08, 2014

Beef Industry Makes A Colossal Contribution To U.S. Economy

Hundreds of thousands of ranching families are the backbone of many rural communities in the U.S. and they start a process that reaches into the cities and around the world....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...

The Quality Market In Beef Is Where The Action Is Today

I learned a long time ago that when people talk about market trends you had better know their bias. So in the interest of full disclosure I should say I’m an Angus breeder; almost by default that tends to put you in the pro-marbling, pro-quality group....More
in BEEF Editors' Blog Jan 21, 2014

6 Resources To Help You Succeed This Calving Season

As many of us head into calving season, there is no better time than now to get prepared. Long hours get the best of all of us, and reviewing the basics of how to treat a prolapse or how to properly use your calf puller are best done before the problems occurs....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 Oct 21, 2014

5 Tips For Getting The Most Cash For Your Cull Cows

The cull cow market is typically saturated in the late fall and early winter months. Cody Wright, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist, offers five tips for managing and marketing cull cows to get the best price at sale time....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 Sep 29, 2014

Doing The Land Price Boogie

As corn prices have plummeted, so have land prices and equipment sales. Now that skyrocketing cattle prices have replaced skyrocketing corn prices as the coffee shop topic of choice, cattlemen will be well served to learn some lessons from the corn price roller-coaster....More

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