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 Oct 30, 2014

What’s The Best Breeding Weight For Beef Heifers?

The traditional approach for heifer development has been to shoot for 65% of mature body weight at breeding time in order to maximize pregnancy rate. Is maximum pregnancy rate really the goal, or is a more profitable herd the goal?....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 Jan 06, 2015

An analysis of 2014 calf prices and projections for 2015

What a marketing year 2014 was! I prepared a set of price projections for fall weaning prices every month, and each month’s price projections in 2014 were higher than the preceding month, except for August....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 Jan 20, 2015

Wobbly global economy adds some angst to the U.S. cattle market

"Tight supplies will continue to pressure (support) cattle and beef supplies and may well lead yet to new record prices, but markets in 2015 are more likely to be more about maintaining current price levels than trending up,” says Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist....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 Jan 22, 2015

3 major beef industry issues – demand, quality, transparency

Demand, quality and transparency are three factors that are inextricably linked and will determine how the beef complex performs over the next several years, especially when beef production starts to increase again....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...

New York Times accuses MARC of animal abuse

Reading the New York Times article about animal welfare at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center made it painfully obvious to me that, when taken out of context, selective descriptions manipulated properly can become very effective ammunition against our industry....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...

Jan 26, 2015

10 favorite tractors ranked in farmer survey

In the December/January issue of Farm & Ranch Living magazine, writer Gary Alan Nelson compiled a top 10 list of all-time favorite tractors. The list is based on a farmer survey given to readers that included Farmall, Ford, John Deere, and Allis Chalmers models....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 Jan 06, 2015

Oldies but goodies were the most popular BEEF magazine reads in 2014

Here’s the lineup of the most popular articles from BEEF....More

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