Market Advisor http://beefmagazine.com/blog/2994/feed Harlan Hughes has spent a professional lifetime helping U.S. beef producers better manage the business end of their beef cow operations. en Another near-record year predicted for cow-calf producers in 2015 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/another-near-record-year-predicted-cow-calf-producers-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">My advice for ranchers is to always compare their marketing alternatives to selling at weaning. To do this, you must price your calves at weaning — whether you sell them or not.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/another-near-record-year-predicted-cow-calf-producers-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/another-near-record-year-predicted-cow-calf-producers-2015#comments Cow-Calf Business Cattle Markets Market Advisor Mon, 11 May 2015 20:18:00 +0000 89131 at http://beefmagazine.com Don’t bid away future profits by overpaying for cows http://beefmagazine.com/blog/don-t-bid-away-future-profits-overpaying-cows <div class="node-body blog-body">The market price of breeding females is responding to last fall’s high calf prices. Ranchers must be careful not to bid away all the future profit in their added beef cows.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/don-t-bid-away-future-profits-overpaying-cows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/don-t-bid-away-future-profits-overpaying-cows#comments Cattle Marketing Cattle Markets Market Advisor Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:11:00 +0000 87941 at http://beefmagazine.com What’s the value of a bred beef heifer in 2015? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-bred-beef-heifer-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Harlan Hughes projects that the economic value of a crossbred heifer born in 2013, bred in 2014, and calving in the spring of 2015 will be record-high. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-bred-beef-heifer-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-bred-beef-heifer-2015#comments Cattle Marketing Cattle Markets Tips For Profit Market Advisor Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 86951 at http://beefmagazine.com What’s ahead for 2015 on the cow-calf side? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-ahead-2015-cow-calf-side <div class="node-body blog-body">Generating a profit from finishing cattle in 2015 will be more difficult, thanks to the rapid increase in feeder-cattle prices during 2014.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-ahead-2015-cow-calf-side" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-ahead-2015-cow-calf-side#comments Cow-Calf Cattle Marketing Tips For Profit Market Advisor Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:39:00 +0000 85781 at http://beefmagazine.com An analysis of 2014 calf prices and projections for 2015 http://beefmagazine.com/blog/analysis-2014-calf-prices-and-projections-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/analysis-2014-calf-prices-and-projections-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/analysis-2014-calf-prices-and-projections-2015#comments Cattle Markets Market Advisor Wed, 07 Jan 2015 01:34:00 +0000 84971 at http://beefmagazine.com What are the economics of a beef cow lease agreement? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-are-economics-beef-cow-lease-agreement <div class="node-body blog-body">Given today’s cull prices and production costs, what beef lease agreement would lead to a more equal allocation of the economic profit between the two partners?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-are-economics-beef-cow-lease-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-are-economics-beef-cow-lease-agreement#comments Business Tips For Profit Market Advisor Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:00:00 +0000 82771 at http://beefmagazine.com <div class="image_title"> <dl> <dt> Credit: <a data-close-and-redirect="true" data-search-link="Photographer" href="http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/search/2/image?artist=Thinkstock+Images&amp;family=creative" id="photographer">Thinkstock Images</a></dt> </dl> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> 3 Steps To Negotiating A Great Cow Lease http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-steps-negotiating-great-cow-lease <div class="node-body blog-body">A common question I get regarding cow leasing is how the calf crop should be shared. In other words, what’s an equitable lease arrangement? I suggest a 2- or 3-year lease with right of renewal under agreement of both partners. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-steps-negotiating-great-cow-lease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3-steps-negotiating-great-cow-lease#comments Cattle Markets Market Advisor Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:48:00 +0000 81571 at http://beefmagazine.com Heifer Development Costs Are Down, But Opportunity Costs Are Up http://beefmagazine.com/blog/heifer-development-costs-are-down-opportunity-costs-are <div class="node-body blog-body">Annual heifer development costs have decreased since 2012 as hay prices have fallen, but heifer opportunity costs have risen dramatically.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/heifer-development-costs-are-down-opportunity-costs-are" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/heifer-development-costs-are-down-opportunity-costs-are#comments Cattle Marketing Tips For Profit Market Advisor Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000 80591 at http://beefmagazine.com Cost Of Developing 2014 Heifer Calves Will Be Record High http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cost-developing-2014-heifer-calves-will-be-record-high <div class="node-body blog-body">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?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cost-developing-2014-heifer-calves-will-be-record-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/cost-developing-2014-heifer-calves-will-be-record-high#comments Ranch Management Cattle Markets Tips For Profit Market Advisor Mon, 08 Sep 2014 01:35:00 +0000 79431 at http://beefmagazine.com Part 3 In Harlan’s “Thinking Expansion?” Series http://beefmagazine.com/blog/part-3-harlan-s-thinking-expansion-series <div class="node-body blog-body">This year’s rapid price increases require each rancher to rethink his long-run business plan. Such profit opportunity comes around only one or twice in a rancher’s lifetime, and how one responds is critical to the long-run economic performance of the beef cowherd.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/market-advisor">Market Advisor</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/part-3-harlan-s-thinking-expansion-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/part-3-harlan-s-thinking-expansion-series#comments Cattle Industry Structure Ranch Management Tips For Profit Market Advisor Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 77911 at http://beefmagazine.com