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.

Feedyard revenue: Why it matters to you
Feedyard revenue eventually makes its way back into the hands of backgrounders, stockers and cow-calf operations.
Costs and profitability: Where do you rank?
In good years, some cattle producers lose money and in bad years, some cattle producers make money. Why the difference?
Cow cost trends: How does your operation compare? 2
Running cows is always profitable if considering feed costs only. However, inclusion of non-feed costs establishes a different perspective. How does your operation stack up?
Long-run cowherd trends show fertility is in the crosshairs 2
The number of cows per herd is getting larger, yet the percentage of the calf crop that is marketed remains flat. Is cow fertility going backward?
For the workaholic, June’s cattle market was ready-made
If you like busy, then June was the month for you. On the other hand, if you prefer calm and clarity, last month’s cattle market proved unsettling.
Is supply or demand driving the fed cattle market? 2
Price spreads for high-quality beef have seen a strong uptick lately. Consumers are seeking out and buying high-quality beef, and that’s good news for cattle producers.
Prime and Choice beef dominating production
— Over the past 15 years, Choice and Prime beef have grown to a bigger share of overall production and consumers continue to gobble up the higher-priced product. This bodes well for the beef business.
Choice beef rules the consumer’s shopping cart 4
The beef complex is producing more beef that’s grading more favorably than ever.
Monthly Market Profile: May market showed signs of life on strength of wholesale market
Wholesale beef trade breathed some life into the cattle markets.
Relatively speaking, the feeder cattle market remains fairly steep
Feeder cattle prices have remained relatively strong so far in 2016.
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?
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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