Nevil Speer

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Nevil Speer is based in Bowling Green, Ky., and serves as vice president of U.S. operations for AgriClear, Inc. – a wholly-owned subsidiary of TMX Group Limited. The views and opinions of the author expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the TMX Group Limited and Natural Gas Exchange Inc.

Nevil Speer has extensive experience and involvement with the livestock and food industry including various service and consultation projects spanning such issues as market competition, business and economic implications of agroterrorism, animal identification, assessment of price risk and market volatility on the producer segment, and usage of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
Dr. Speer writes about many aspects regarding agriculture and the food industry with regular contribution to BEEF and Feedstuffs.  He’s also written several influential industry white papers dealing with issues such as changing business dynamics in the beef complex, producer decision-making, and country-of-origin labeling.
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
Dr. Speer holds both a PhD in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

The views and opinions of the author expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the TMX Group Limited and Natural Gas Exchange Inc.

Is ground beef losing out to pork and poultry?
Retail beef prices are coming down. But ground beef prices are declining faster than steak prices. Why’s that?
Median household income headlines are misleading
While the headlines trumpet that household income is rising, a look at the long-term trends tells a different tale. What does that say about our economy?
What are the implications of food spending as percent of disposable income? 1
As America became more prosperous in the post-war era, at-home food spending dropped as a percent of disposable income. What does that mean for beef producers?
Are cattle traders trying to catch a falling knife?
Just when you think a market has hit its low is the time to step back and reconsider. Those who didn’t are now facing a fed cattle market that continues to falter.
The rich get richer: Does that apply to ag families, too?
Trends in family wealth show the rich continue to get richer. How do the trends compare to ag families?
Connecting the dots between job creation, interest rates and you 3
Macro-economics, such as job creation and interest rates, have an impact on the beef business. What’s the outlook?
Corn crop guestimates have the trade scratching its collective head
USDA puts the 2016 corn crop at an all-time record. The grain trade isn’t so sure. Let the tug-of-war begin.
What are the risks with Brazilian imports? 9
USDA recently allowed imports of fresh beef from Brazil. There are two issues—quantity and safety. Which is the bigger factor?
What countries are the beef industry’s major trade partners? 2
Can you guess which countries send the most beef to the U.S.? Do you know which countries buy the most U.S. beef? Here’s the breakdown.
The fed cattle market is poised to tip. Which way will it go?
The cattle market is coiling – ready for a breakout to new price levels or potentially test new lows. Which way will it go?
Exports are key to managing total meat supplies
Because meat is perishable, all production that isn’t exported must be cleared through the domestic market.
Feedyard revenue: Why it matters to you
Feedyard revenue eventually makes its way back into the hands of backgrounders, stockers and cow-calf operations.
Costs and profitability: Where do you rank?
In good years, some cattle producers lose money and in bad years, some cattle producers make money. Why the difference?
Cow cost trends: How does your operation compare? 2
Running cows is always profitable if considering feed costs only. However, inclusion of non-feed costs establishes a different perspective. How does your operation stack up?
Long-run cowherd trends show fertility is in the crosshairs 2
The number of cows per herd is getting larger, yet the percentage of the calf crop that is marketed remains flat. Is cow fertility going backward?
What countries are the beef industry’s major trade partners?
August 16, 2016

Australia is a major importer of beef products into the U.S. Meanwhile, the major export markets for U.S. beef include Japan, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong.

Cow cost trends: How does your operation compare?
July 18, 2016

Top 10 non-feed costs in order are as follows (ranked in order from most to least):
1. Unpaid operator labor
2. Indirect interest (machinery, buildings,...

Choice beef rules the consumer’s shopping cart
June 22, 2016

Your timing is excellent! The supply side will be addressed in this coming week in Friday's Cow-Calf Weekly.

Heavy in, heavy out: Heavyweight placements continue to worry the market
May 31, 2016

the marketing weight of calves varies widely depending upon season, location etc.... From there they can go to various locations - for example, feedyard, backgrounding yard...

Beef demand vs. beef consumption: What’s the difference?
April 8, 2016

Dr. Tonsor, thank you for the clarification!

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