Dustin Pendell

Livestock, Animal Health

Professor - Kansas State University

Dr. Pendell joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University in July 2015 as an Associate Professor. His broad research interests include livestock and animal health issues that span from the producer through the meat supply chain to the final consumer. Dustin’s interdisciplinary research has been funded by federal agencies and commodity organizations and appears in various academic and outreach publications.


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Manhattan  66506-4011
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Documents & Presentations by Dustin Pendell
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Cattle Chat - Weekly Podcast from K-State Beef Cattle Institute

Recent episodes:

Episode 41: February 11, 2019 - Special Guest Dr.Justin Smith, Animal Health Commissioner; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Meeting; What is the Minimum Temperature Cattle can Handle; Top 6 Technology Changes Impacting Animal Health; BCI Beef Tip – Don’t be Afraid of New Business Opportunities 

Episode 40: January 31, 2019 - Super Bowl Trivia; Listener Question – Income to Debt Ratio for Veterinarians; Variability in Cow-Calf Returns; BCI Cattle Chat Checklist – What Are Tasks We Can Do in Winter to Make 2019 Successful; Are my Cows Ready for Calving; In The News; BCI Beef Tip

Episode 39: January 25, 2019 - Special Guest Chuck Dodd, Director of Outreach for K-State College of Veterinary Medicine; Interacting with Veterinarians in the Field; Recruitment of New Vet Students; Top 5 Tips for Students Applying to Vet School; What is the Demand for Veterinarians; What is in the News; BCI Beef Tip – Keep a Lookout for Lameness in Cattle 

February 11, 2019
KSU-Sheep Farm Management Guide Spreadsheet

An Excel spreadsheet for sheep enterprise budgeting to evaluate potential income, costs and profitability

December 19, 2018
Master List of Prices Used in Livestock Budgets December 19, 2018
Crop Management and Profitability

Presented at Ag Lenders Conference, Manhattan, KS. 

October 1, 2018
Boosting Cow-Calf Profitability

K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell talks about his new analysis of cow-calf profitability, based on Kansas Farm Management Association records...it shows that the gross income generated by the herd and cost management are equally important to that profitability, which is something of a new revelation.

September 10, 2018
14. Cow‐Calf Profitability: Where to Focus Management for Success August 1, 2018
Value of Arrival Metaphylaxis in the U.S. Fed Cattle Industry June 21, 2018
Cow-Calf Costs

K-State livestock economist Dustin Pendell summarizes a new report he co-authored that analyzed high, medium and low-income cow-calf operations...he talks about the dramatic differences in revenue across operations, and points to the one factor that drives those differences more than anything else, saying that it would be a good starting point for improving cow-calf profitability. 

January 9, 2018
Differences Between High-, Medium-, and Low-Profit Cow-Calf Producers:

An Analysis of 2012-2016 Kansas Farm Management Association Cow-Calf Enterprise

January 2, 2018
KSU-Sheep Farm Management Guide Spreadsheet

An Excel spreadsheet for sheep enterprise budgeting to evaluate potential income, costs and profitability

December 14, 2017