Market Advisor Harlan Hughes has spent a professional lifetime helping U.S. beef producers better manage the business end of their beef cow operations. en 4 questions to ask before marketing 2016 calves <div class="node-body blog-body">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. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Outlook Beef Management Market Advisor Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:35:00 +0000 105881 at Post-weaning marketing strategies <div class="node-body blog-body">The key to evaluating postweaning marketing alternatives is to price your feeders at each step of the marketing program and calculate your profits for each marketing step. Do not subsidize the next marketing step with the profits of the previous step</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Weaning Marketing Market Advisor Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:54:00 +0000 105241 at Reduce calving interval, increase profit per cow <div class="node-body blog-body">Ranchers can lower production costs by reducing the calving interval for their cow herds.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Farm Operations Marketing Market Advisor Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:50:00 +0000 103641 at Do your cows stack up? <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ranching Farm Operations Market Advisor Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:48:00 +0000 102541 at Price implications of the next cattle cycle <div class="node-body blog-body">After-effects of the herd expansion trend may create tough times ahead in the next cattle cycle. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Market Advisor Tue, 24 May 2016 14:08:00 +0000 101631 at What to expect from the upcoming cattle cycle <div class="node-body blog-body">All indications are that the cattle cycle is back, alive and well. Cattle cycles are not always friendly to beef cow producers, but are a true reality of the cattle business. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ranching Cow-Calf Marketing Market Advisor Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:42:00 +0000 100501 at Has the cattle market turned? <div class="node-body blog-body">The cattle industry was due for some tough, tough adjustments after record prices of 2014 and 2015. But what should we expect for 2016?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ranching Marketing Market Advisor Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:23:00 +0000 97841 at 2015 year-end cattle industry analysis <div class="node-body blog-body">Regardless of how you market your beef calf crop, at year’s end it is always useful to document the economic performance of your beef cow herd as if you sold your calves at weaning. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Market Advisor Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000 96921 at Don't get hung up on 2014; 2015 will still bring profit <div class="node-body blog-body">What we all should do is put 2014 behind us and focus our attention on the 2015-2016 marketing picture. There is nothing wrong with earning the second-highest net returns on record with your 2015 calves.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cow-Calf Marketing Market Advisor Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:38:00 +0000 96011 at Is the cattle cycle back? <div class="node-body blog-body">Today’s record beef cattle prices, coupled with rains in the Southern Plains, have triggered a renewed interest in expanding the national beef herd. Could this mean that the cattle cycle is alive again?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Market Advisor Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:26:00 +0000 94481 at