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.

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: Feedyard revenue makes big surge in 2014 1
The beef industry’s 2014 record in revenue growth was astounding, and it’s primarily indicative of stronger consumer demand and robust pricing power. Given that run and the recent setback in the market, what does it mean for revenue trends in 2015?
Has the beef market’s winning streak come to an end? 1
It’s clear that 2015 is shaping up to be a very different cattle marketing year than 2014. There were key reasons for 2014’s success – the surge was partially supply-driven, but was fundamentally underpinned by solid beef demand, both domestically and internationally.
Industry At A Glance: Beef exports add a big bump to fed cattle value 1
A stronger dollar does threaten U.S. beef’s relative value in the global marketplace. So what does a strengthening dollar mean for the continued growth in beef’s export value?
Industry At A Glance: How do net positions affect live cattle futures?
Recent volatility in the cattle market invokes questions about the primary drivers behind it.
Industry At A Glance: Latest inventory figures show cow herd expansion is underway
State-by-state inventory figures reveal the first time producers have built the beef cow herd since 2005 and 2006.
Industry At A Glance: Feedyard investment spikes to an all-time high 1
December 2014 recorded a total $16.5 billion in aggregate spending for a turn of feeder cattle – the highest mark in the historical series.
Industry At A Glance: Feedyard heifer population at lowest point in nine years
USDA’s first quarterly Cattle On Feed report of the year indicates that heifers and heifer calves represent 33.8% of the total feedyard population at the start of 2015.
Industry At A Glance: Will lower 2015 milk prices trigger beef herd expansion?
The stronger U.S. dollar could pinch U.S. dairy exports, weaken prices, and lead to more dairy cows going to market. Will that provide more opening for beef herd expansion?
Industry At A Glance: Ethanol margins narrow dramatically
Gross margins for ethanol production have trended sharply lower in recent months, while ethanol plants have also had to deal with a stronger dollar and a stubborn corn market.
Industry At A Glance: Is the U.S. beef industry actually expanding?
It appears the beef industry is stabilizing at the current inventory of beef cows.
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

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