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.

Oct 03, 2016

Looking to save money? It's foolish to cut preg-checking

Having a freeloader eat your feed all winter long and produce nothing in return is akin to paying full wages and benefits to an employee who never shows up to work....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...

Oct 03, 2016

4 questions to ask before marketing 2016 calves

Prices have created added stress as we make our fall marketing decisions. Economist Harlan Hughes encourages producers to think through a few scenarios before marketing 2016 calves....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 Oct 19, 2016

Basis shift looming as changes in Feeder Cattle futures take effect

Changes in the CME Feeder Cattle contract specs will widen the basis....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...

Oct 20, 2016

How the beef business and dysfunctional government are similar

Quite simply, it is government policies that are creating a world that is simultaneously more dangerous and less prosperous. The American electorate and others like the British are right in understanding that the status quo is not only untenable but ultimately disastrous....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

Amanda Radke is a fifth generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural communications, education and leadership, Radke served...

in BEEF Daily Oct 20, 2016

4 BEEF reads: Hurricane Matthew, pipeline protests & more

Violence erupts at pipeline protest. HSUS attacks Oklahoma ranchers. Hurricanes and wildfires devastate livestock producers....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 Oct 12, 2016

What’s the big deal about fetal programming?

Gestational nutrition is looming as a paradigm-changer for beef producers....More

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