Blog Contributors

Mike Apley

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

in Vet's Opinion Aug 03, 2015

What you need to know about the final VFD rule

How you will be able to obtain antibiotics for use in feed and water for food animals is changing. Here's what you need to know about the new VFD guidelines....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 Sep 21, 2015

Is preconditioning still a no-brainer?

In most years, the majority of the dollars made in a preconditioning program are on the very efficient weight gain of the newly weaned calf. Not so in 2015....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 Cattle Economics Oct 29, 2015

Is the cattle cycle back? Part 2 of a 2-part series

Will we see cattle cycles again? Assuming that corn prices stay reasonably stable, as we saw before 2006, I would answer “Yes, I think 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...

in BEEF Editors' Blog Nov 24, 2015

Consumers want transparency. Are you ready?

If you’re growing weary of hearing about the need for further transparency in this age of c....More

Steve Kay

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

in Meat Matters Oct 29, 2015

Anatomy of a cattle market collapse

One can only hope the supply of these overweight cattle was cleaned up in October, and that the market has started to rebound. But the collapse is a reminder that the first loss is the least loss in cattle feeding....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...

Opportunities for young producers are out there. Are you ready to grab them?

This is a fiercely competitive business that requires you to not just work very hard, but to work very smart. Yet, there are opportunities for young cattle producers available today that didn’t exist a generation ago....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 Dec 02, 2015

Could we soon be taxed for eating meat?

As rumblings of a meat tax grow, here are three reasons a meat tax would be hurtful to consumers....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 Nov 14, 2015

USDA opens the door to animal rights groups

A meeting at MARC with animal rights groups has beef producers worried....More

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