Cattle Economics http://beefmagazine.com/blog/3275/feed Wes Ishmael provides tightly focused analysis and commentary on specific beef quality and marketing issues of practical importance to beef producers. en When times get tough, maximize capital efficiency http://beefmagazine.com/blog/when-times-get-tough-maximize-capital-efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body">Are your dollars working for you or against you? When prices drop, it's time to focus on capital efficiency. </div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/when-times-get-tough-maximize-capital-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/when-times-get-tough-maximize-capital-efficiency#comments Cow-Calf Ranch Management Cattle Marketing Cattle Economics Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:25:00 +0000 104671 at http://beefmagazine.com How to control costs & spur cowherd revenues http://beefmagazine.com/blog/how-control-costs-spur-cowherd-revenues <div class="node-body blog-body">Success will come from optimizing expenses and performance by building a production system that will yield the lowest unit cost of production for the most valuable calf that can be produced in the operational environment.”</div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/how-control-costs-spur-cowherd-revenues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/how-control-costs-spur-cowherd-revenues#comments Farm Operations Cattle Economics Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:46:00 +0000 103531 at http://beefmagazine.com Best risk strategy options for cattle producers http://beefmagazine.com/blog/best-risk-strategy-options-cattle-producers <div class="node-body blog-body">How do you manage price risk amid gut-wrenching volatility? Preserve and add value to your calf-crop. </div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/best-risk-strategy-options-cattle-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/best-risk-strategy-options-cattle-producers#comments Ranch Management Feedlots Farm Operations Cattle Markets Cattle Economics Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:16:00 +0000 102551 at http://beefmagazine.com Consumers determine beef’s fortune and future http://beefmagazine.com/blog/consumers-determine-beef-s-fortune-and-future <div class="node-body blog-body">A panel of economists and beef experts thinks the prosperity and economic sustainability of the beef industry begins and ends with consumers. Do you agree?</div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/consumers-determine-beef-s-fortune-and-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/consumers-determine-beef-s-fortune-and-future#comments Beef Quality Beef Quality Cattle Economics Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:10:00 +0000 102461 at http://beefmagazine.com What’s the value of genomics in heifer selection? http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-genomics-heifer-selection <div class="node-body blog-body">Research shows a breakeven value of $24 per heifer.</div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-genomics-heifer-selection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/what-s-value-genomics-heifer-selection#comments Selection Tools Cattle Economics Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:19:00 +0000 102101 at http://beefmagazine.com <p>Genomic testing can improve heifer quality</p> Bull buyers demand breeding assurance http://beefmagazine.com/blog/bull-buyers-demand-breeding-assurance <div class="node-body blog-body">Buying a bull is a big investment. Find out how other producers are selecting their herd sires to guarantee a successful return. </div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/bull-buyers-demand-breeding-assurance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/bull-buyers-demand-breeding-assurance#comments Seedstock Ranch Management Cattle Genetics Cattle Economics Tue, 24 May 2016 16:32:00 +0000 101681 at http://beefmagazine.com Managing costs is key to riding out cattle cycle http://beefmagazine.com/blog/managing-costs-key-riding-out-cattle-cycle <div class="node-body blog-body">We are looking at several years of pretty tight financial situation for U.S. agriculture. Farm income is less than half of the 2013 peak, and we expect it to remain low for the next several years.”</div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/managing-costs-key-riding-out-cattle-cycle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/managing-costs-key-riding-out-cattle-cycle#comments Farm Operations Cattle Economics Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0000 100491 at http://beefmagazine.com Projected lifetime returns: Bred heifers http://beefmagazine.com/blog/projected-lifetime-returns-bred-heifers <div class="node-body blog-body">What economic and production factors impact the economic value of preg-checked heifers in your cowherd?</div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/projected-lifetime-returns-bred-heifers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/projected-lifetime-returns-bred-heifers#comments Cow-Calf Cattle Markets Cattle Economics Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:48:00 +0000 100061 at http://beefmagazine.com Transparency pays for beef producers http://beefmagazine.com/blog/transparency-pays-beef-producers <div class="node-body blog-body">Consumer demand for increased transparency in agriculture is calling on beef producers to start the conversation. </div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/transparency-pays-beef-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/transparency-pays-beef-producers#comments Beef Marketing/Product Promotion Agenda Cattle Economics Sun, 03 Apr 2016 20:22:00 +0000 99791 at http://beefmagazine.com 2016 beef enterprise cost outlook: Bred heifers http://beefmagazine.com/blog/2016-beef-enterprise-cost-outlook-bred-heifers <div class="node-body blog-body">The cost of maintaining a static breeding herd is projected down substantially for 2016 going into 2017.</div> <p><a href="http://beefmagazine.com/blog/2016-beef-enterprise-cost-outlook-bred-heifers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://beefmagazine.com/blog/2016-beef-enterprise-cost-outlook-bred-heifers#comments Cow-Calf Ranch Management Cattle Economics Thu, 18 Feb 2016 21:05:00 +0000 98271 at http://beefmagazine.com