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.

Will October’s fed cattle market set the tone for the rest of the year?
After a devastating September, the October fed cattle market was a ray of hope. What will the rest of 2015 hold for the fed cattle market?
Will 2015 feeder cattle prices get back in line with historical trends? 1
Feeder cattle prices in 2015 tell a tale of two trends. Will prices close out the year in line with early-year trends or will feeder cattle continue to struggle in the face of massive feedyard losses?
Astounding weekly price volatility for fed steers
After several years of fed cattle prices moving higher, the downside volatility in 2015 has left some cattle feeders battered.
Cow slaughter unknowns continue; will more cows head to town?
Uncertainty remains with respect to cow slaughter this fall. Will more cows head to town?
International trade paints very different picture in 2015
International markets and trade trends have a big impact on our domestic market.
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? 2
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.
Herd expansion update: Is 2015 beef cow liquidation up or down?
January 1, 2016

Correct, there are fewer cows being harvested as a result of a smaller cow herd. However, what's represented above is the slaughter rate - hence, number of cows harvested as...

Feedyard vs. cow-calf inventory returns: Who fared best in 2015?
December 1, 2015

Dr. Odde:
Excellent observations - a cow/calf operation and a feedyard are indeed very different businesses - as such, there's some sense of comparing apples to oranges...

How long can cattle feeders fight the market?
October 14, 2015

Gross profit would equal revenue less cost-of-goods sold. in this instance, it reflects fed cattle revenue less purchased cost of feeder cattle. Net profit would then be...

Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

This is an excellent inquiry regarding the data. A couple of points of clarification might be helpful here. 1. The data is based on the comprehensive cutout detailing...

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