Blog Contributors

Mike Apley

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

in Vet's Opinion Jul 01, 2014

Producers Should Get Ready For Effects of Veterinary Feed Directive

What a new VFD will look like is still being determined. One proposed change is that the definition of veterinary oversight lies with the local jurisdictions (states)....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...

in Market Advisor Sep 07, 2014

Cost Of Developing 2014 Heifer Calves Will Be Record High

With cattle prices up and feed costs down, many producers outside the major drought areas are contemplating holding back additional replacement heifers from their 2014 calf crop. But what are the economics of doing so?....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...

Sep 10, 2014

Are You A Candidate For Cowherd Expansion?

There's plenty of talk about cowherd expansion. The bottom line is that some operations have to get better before they get bigger....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 Aug 20, 2014

Appeals Court Ruling On COOL Could Hamstring All Producers

A federal appeals court ruling in late July on country-of-origin labeling should have sent a chill down the spine of every single member of the industry, be they COOL supporters or opponents. Judge Janice Rogers Brown’s dissenting opinion nailed the producer ramifications of the decision perfectly....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...

Ray Rice Incident Underscores To Cattle Industry The Power Of Video

From a cattle industry standpoint, I think the Ray Rice incident illustrates just how much we have to change and revamp the way we get our message out to consumers....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...

Sep 18, 2014

My Response To The Cowspiracy: 8 Ways Cattle Grazing Supports Wildlife

The folks behind the documentary “Cowspiracy” asked BEEF Daily Editor about her statement that cattle grazing supports wildlife. She responds with 8 resources to demonstrate the relationship between cattle and wildlife, plus describes what she sees on her own ranch....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 15, 2014

Why Consider Wildlife In Your Ranch Management Plans?

Managing for wildlife and cattle alike is a good idea....More

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