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.

Industry At A Glance: How important is U.S. beef trade with Canada and Mexico?
How important have Canada and Mexico been as trading partners with U.S. cattle producers? BEEF breaks down the numbers.
Industry At A Glance: Captive supply and packer profits
While packer control of the fed cattle supply has long been a contentious issue, how has the trend affected packers’ gross profit? The answer might surprise you.
Industry At A Glance: How does captive supply impact the cattle market?
The argument over the effect of captive supply in price discovery continue.
Industry At A Glance: How fed market volatility has changed
While volatility has always been a part of the fed cattle market, how is it affecting the market now?
fed cattle prices
April fed cattle market not for the weak-hearted 1
Have we seen the highs for the year in the fed cattle market? If we have, what does that mean for calf and feeder cattle prices as 2015 nears the halfway mark?
Industry At A Glance: Will volatility continue with fed cattle basis? 1
Market volatility in fed cattle prices has made basis swings occur more quickly and more unexpectedly. Will that level out or will volatility continue to rule the day?
Industry At A Glance: Placement weight trends indicate feedyards are feeding longer
It appears cattle feeders are more focused on feeding cattle longer and to heavier weights to avoid turnover risk and maintain occupancy.
Industry At A Glance: Heavier cattle weights changing feeders’ breakeven assumptions
How will heavier finish weights influence the feeder cattle market? Market analyst Nevil Speer dives deeper into the breakeven outlook.
Industry At A Glance: How much higher will slaughter weights go? 1
Slaughter weights through March 2015 averaged just over 1,360 pounds. How heavier will slaughter weights go before they begin to plateau?
April cattle futures surge on positive cutout and Fed news
While there are headwinds out in the broader economy, beef products’ improved quality and consistency are helping to buffer against significant setbacks in the market.
Industry At A Glance: Beef sales are becoming less of a commodity 1
In early 2015, the eight-week moving average for sales of Prime and Branded (combined) surpassed the Select category for the first time.
Industry At A Glance: Feeder cattle pricing trend cooling slightly in 2015 1
Thus far in 2015, feedyards’ risk appetite has remained fairly robust – albeit at lower levels than 2014.
Industry At A Glance: How much additional market risk can cattle feeders absorb? 1
Feeder cattle pricing versus historical average indicates a slowing of the market surge.
Industry At A Glance: What happened to Select and No Roll?
Since 2000, the tonnage in carcasses grading Choice and Prime has increased by nearly 2 billion pounds, while the tonnage of Select and No-Rolls has declined by 3 billion pounds. Will that type of divergence continue?
Industry At A Glance: Carcasses grading Prime & Choice hit a record-high
The percentage of cattle grading Prime and Choice combined to 75% for the first time in recent history.
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

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