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.

Does brand name matter when buying ground beef? Consumers say yes! 1
Branding and product awareness have large effects on consumer perception of ground beef palatability.
Heavy in, heavy out: Heavyweight placements continue to worry the market 6
Placements of heavyweight feeder cattle in feedyards continues to worry the market.
Industry at a Glance: NAFTA beef trade and you; impact of Canada and Mexico 4
While feeder cattle imports have declined from both Canada and Mexico, beef imports have increased.
Industry at a Glance: What are the implications of feeder cattle imports? 4
Mexico has become increasingly competitive on the production side and now has much more capability to both feed and process cattle that traditionally might have made their way across the border. What are the implications for U.S. producers?
Why consumer sentiment matters
Despite economic headwinds, the beef industry has enjoyed solid gains during the past several years. Will that continue?
Whereto now, oh fickle cattle market?
Cattle feeders are fighting to get some equity back and buffer risk by becoming more reluctant purchasers of feeder cattle.
Do you vaccinate your calves against respiratory disease?
Feedyards will pay for convenience, and a set of unvaccinated, bawling calves is anything but convenient. Do you vaccinate against respiratory disease?
What’s the most popular time for calving season? 1
To make a dent in the spread of BVD, it’s important to have a defined calving season. How many cattle producers have one though?
Are you familiar with BVD?
BVD is a wreck if it gets into your cowherd. Surprisingly, however, some producers are not familiar with the disease.
What are the implications of the long-term trend in steer carcass weights? 4
Fed steer carcass weights have been trending higher for 35 years. What are the long-term implications?
March madness: Cattle market continues to keep beef producers confused
Supply continues to be a major influence on the market, only now it’s in the opposite direction compared to 2014 and the first half of 2015.
Beef demand vs. beef consumption: What’s the difference? 4
Beef consumption and demand reflect two very different things. Most importantly, declining consumption does not reflect declining demand. So what’s the difference?
Beef producers split on expansion plans 1
Cowherd expansion is well underway, with slightly more than half of producers surveyed by CattleFax saying they’ll get bigger this year.
What’s your cost to keep a cow? 1
Is there sufficient room in your operation to significantly adjust cost structure to accommodate lower markets?
March cattle markets: In like a lamb and out like a lion?
March may shape up to be an influential month from a number of perspectives in the cattle business.
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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