Nevil Speer

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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 the cattle market whiplash over? 2
The decline in the fed and feeder cattle market in September was fast and furious. Is it over or is there more to come?
How long can cattle feeders fight the market?
It’s more than just the fed market that’s causing pain for cattle feeders. It’s a weak fed market occurring against high-priced placements. The question is, how much can cattle feeders fight the market?
Feedyard activity: A tale of two very different years
2014 was one of the best years ever for cattle feeders. 2015 tells a different tale. What does that mean for cattle prices as the year heads for the exits?
Beef prices at new all-time highs
Retail beef prices are at all-time highs versus competing meats.
Feedyards struggle amidst international economic hiccups
August reinforced how intricately linked the world’s economy really is—if it happens somewhere, it matters everywhere. Here’s why the international economic hiccups of late matter to you.
Industry At A Glance: What’s a bred heifer worth?
As cattle producers scramble to take advantage of good grass and great prices, it’s easy to let “grass fever” dominate the buying decision. So, when determining the value of a bred heifer, it’s important to know your annual cow costs.
Industry At A Glance: What’s the value of your cowherd time commitment? 1
Your time is valuable. But do you calculate that value when figuring indirect costs in the profitability of your cow herd? Here’s why you should.
Industry At A Glance: How non-feed costs affect profitability 2
Consider the importance of overhead costs when calculating cowherd profitability.
Industry At A Glance: Are cow-calf returns enough to keep producers out of a cash trap?
Prices in 2014 provided cow-calf producers unprecedented returns, sufficiently high enough to spur meaningful expansion. At least for the time being, cows are no longer being perceived as “cash traps.”
Industry At A Glance: Land values take a breather
The hot land market is cooling just a little.
Does the risk-reward ratio favor cow herd expansion?
Despite summer doldrums, beef producers are willing to take on more risk to expand their cow herds.
Industry At A Glance: The importance of dairy calves in the beef business
While beef cow and feeder calf numbers have dwindled, the supply of dairy calves has remained constant.
Industry At A Glance: Will the feeder cattle supply trend reverse? 3
Beef producers are charging ahead with herd rebuilding, and will keep significantly more heifers from this year’s calf crop as replacements. The outlook? Continued tightening in the feeder cattle supply. When will the trend reverse?
Industry At A Glance: What are the implications of declining beef cow cull rate? 1
Will expansion fever keep more cows at home the second half of 2015? If historic trends hold true, beef cow slaughter for the rest of the year could drop dramatically.
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

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