Blog Contributors

Mike Apley

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

Jan 04, 2016

Questions about VFD? Let's clear up the confusion

The big change for BEEF readers will be when the new VFD drug labels go into effect, which is expected to happen during December 2016....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.

Feb 18, 2016

Here's how attaining zero calf sickness is absolutely possible

Shorting the cow nutritionally during any of the 283 days of gestation could negatively impact the developing fetus and make it more susceptible to disease after birth....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 Jun 27, 2016

Do your cows stack up?

Examine your herd’s weaknesses one by one to see if you can do something to improve. As you remove weaknesses from your herd, herd profit tends to go up....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 Jun 29, 2016

Brexit vote impact uncertain for U.S. beef

Fallout from the Brexit vote continues to rattle markets worldwide....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 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...

Let’s talk big picture: Why do you ranch?

A chance conversation leads one BEEF columnist to a philosophical look at why he ranches....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 Jul 25, 2016

3 ways animal rights activists have been targeting you this summer

Animal rights activists have been busy this summer -- targeting drivers on roadways, attendees at the Republican National Convention and even FFA members....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 Jun 22, 2016

Why the Choice-Select spread matters to you

Choice-grading cattle bring premiums back to the ranch....More

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