Nevil Speer

Nevil
C.
Speer
Professor of Animal Science
Articles
shift in feedyard cattle
Industry At A Glance: Composition Of Feedyard Calf Placements
There’s been an important shift occurring among the nation’s feedyards over time. Most notably, the composition of placements has undergone some significant changes since 2000.
market, cattle, prices, June, action, Industry At A Glance
June Market Is One For The Ages: Is More On The Way?
Astounding, unprecedented, monumental – or you can tack on any of your other favorite descriptors to explain the market’s action during the past month.
cattle, industry, balance, value, truck, investment
Industry At A Glance: Annual Feeder Cattle Investment
At today’s cost of $100,000 for a potload of cattle, how can the industry continue the delicate balancing act?
trends in the cattle cycle
Industry At A Glance: Changes In Beef Cow Inventory Vs. Changes In Calf Price 4
Will 2014 be a year of reversal in which cow-calf producers begin to rebuild their inventory? That’s an all-important question, and it’s seemingly been discussed more in recent weeks given the market’s strong counter-seasonal moves.
The top 10 cattle feeding states represent 86% of the total on-feed population.
Industry At A Glance: Cattle-On-Feed - Shifting Regional Differences 1
Late last year, National Beef announced plans to close its Brawley, CA, plant this spring. Meanwhile, Iowa beef producers are eagerly anticipating the Oct. 1 reopening of the Tama, IA, beef plant.
cattle numbers continue to decline
Industry At A Glance: Fed Market Vs. Annual Beef Spending 1
My April 30 Industry-At-A-Glance chart featured the comparative meat expenditures of beef, pork and poultry, and beef’s relative market share. As noted in the discussion, the strength of any company or industry is ultimately based on its ability to generate revenue.
Cattle Market Continues Its Remarkable Run
The market finally hit some speed bumps in April following some sharp gains in January, February and March.
Industry At A Glance: Changing Structure Of U.S. Dairy Operations
Overall dairy sales were approximately $31.7 billion in 2007 vs. $35.3 billion in 2012 (a difference of $3.6 billion). What’s important, though, is the change in sales mix during those five years.
cowboy sunset
Industry At A Glance: Older Cowmen Aren’t The Ones Exiting The Business 5
This column has been focusing recently on some pertinent results from USDA’s 2012 Ag Census data. One such important piece of data is the categorization detailing the age of principal owner of cattle operations in the U.S.
Industry At A Glance: Change In Structure Of U.S. Beef Cow Operations 3
According to the latest USDA Ag Census, the U.S. cow-calf sector saw a decline of nearly 175,000 operations in the past 20 years, with 141,000 of those operations being in the category of 1-49 cows.
Industry At A Glance: 2014 CPH 45 Sales 2
The hardest part for many producers to deal with when discussing value-added marketing programs is the reality that some marketing independence must be sacrificed.
beef and chicken prices at grocery store
Industry At A Glance: Comparing Prices At The Meat Counter 4
Are beef’s higher prices a reflection of improved pricing power because of beef’s improved quality and eating satisfaction? Or will beef price itself too high and ultimately end up hurting demand?
Industry At A Glance: A Look At Meat Spending & Beef Market Share 2
The relative strength of any industry is dependent upon its ability to generate revenue. That’s a critical measure (along with profitability) that’s ultimately more important than simply measuring sales volume.
Market Outlook: Cattle Market Appears To Turn The Corner In April
The fed market finally took a breath in April. Following $152+ trade in March, steer and heifers backed up to the mid-$140s late in the month.
corn price versus carryover
Industry At A Glance: Corn Price Vs. Carryover Stocks
The Chinese use two symbols to simultaneously represent the concept of risk or crisis: one is danger, the other is opportunity. That’s an appropriate characterization of the risk and reward potential inherent in today’s commodity markets.

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