15 CALF News • April | May 2022 • Churchill was vindicated when he replaced Neville Chamberlin as Prime Minister in the early stages of World War II. Upon taking office, he wrote, “All my past life had been a preparation for this hour and for this trial.” It was adversity that prepared him. When times are good and life is easy, we become complacent and soft. We’re like hogs in a mudhole – fat, dumb and happy but totally unaware we’re on our way to the packing house. We do everything in our power to maintain the status quo because it is human nature to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Adversity is painful, but it’s our most powerful catalyst for change. It was another British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, who said, “There is no education like adversity.” It is during times of adversity that we learn our most valuable life lessons." Churchill provides us with an example of how to deal with adversity. We need to remember that overcoming our past adversities has prepared us for overcoming the adversity we are experiencing now. Unlike Chippie, we haven’t been to hell and back – we’re still there. But as Churchill advised, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  E-mail comments to This weekly market update brings you the latest in market influencers from longtime beef industry communicator Wes Ishmael. Have you subscribed to the CALF News PRICE POINT podcast? Wes Ishmael is the owner and producer of Cattle Current, an electronic newsletter and podcast providing a daily snapshot of cattle markets and relevant news. He has written and communicated about the cattle and beef business since 1983. BE IN THE KNOW TODAY!