Blog Contributors

Mike Apley

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

Mar 30, 2015

A pickup in the ditch says everything about the rural lifestyle

Anyone who has experienced serious injury or illness in a loved one can appreciate the highs and lows, and how dark things can be in the middle of it all. Here's a story of how a pickup in a ditch serves as a constant reminder for one rancher....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.

Apr 27, 2015

5 management steps to boost calf performance & profit

Here are five management practices to consider to up your calf profit this spring....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 May 11, 2015

Another near-record year predicted for cow-calf producers in 2015

My advice for ranchers is to always compare their marketing alternatives to selling at weaning. To do this, you must price your calves at weaning — whether you sell them or not....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 May 13, 2015

Basic demand drivers still provide the most opportunity

Digging into the data shows more acceptance of beef industry structure, export markets....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...

Apr 20, 2015

Cattle aren’t the water guzzlers they’re made out to be

Steve Kay showcases how beef’s water usage is actually improving, plus, some useful trivia to help you the next time this environmental discussion comes up....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...

Now it’s my turn to spread a little rain envy

After suffering from rain envy for more than a decade, this spring’s ample moisture has brought on a different emotion—rain guilt....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...

May 25, 2015

American Sniper movie shines light on fallen soldiers this Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, we salute the fallen soldiers who sacrificed everything, so that we can be free. Today I share my thoughts on patriot and American sniper Chris Kyle, and how the movie about his life is reminding Americans of the service and sacrifice men and women in our armed forces have to make in order to keep Old Glory flying high....More

Burt Rutherford

Burt has more than 35 years of 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, Texas, in the heart of cattle feeding country. He worked as...

in BEEF Editors' Blog May 20, 2015

Why I disagree (sort of) with Troy Marshall

Several recent experiences with the educational system left a BEEF editor feeling good about America’s school kids and America’s future....More

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