Nevil Speer

Professor of Animal Science
Industry At A Glance: Middle Meats Vs. End Meats
Despite the economic downturn, the beef industry has managed to sustain stronger retail prices thanks largely to the chuck and the round.
retail beef prices
Industry At A Glance: Retail Meat Prices
The beef industry’s success during the past several years in passing along higher prices favorably reflects upon beef’s standing among consumers in the marketplace.
EPA ethanol reduction
Cattle Market Outlook: EPA’s Proposed Ethanol Rollback Complicates Planning 1
EPA won’t make a final ruling on rolling back the renewable fuel standard until spring 2014, which complicates agricultural planning
Industry At A Glance: Changing Consumer Attitudes
A survey of 2,000 of U.S. grocery shoppers finds that the consuming public is more aware, and exhibiting increased concern, regarding the origin, production method and safety of the food they buy.
cost comparison of healthy cattle vs sick cattle
Industry At A Glance: Value Differences Between Sick Vs. Healthy Cattle
In a time of record cattle prices, the economic bite of cattle disease grows proportionately.
Industry At A Glance: Feedlot Treatment Costs Continue To Grow 3
The bottom line is that treating cattle disease, along with all production factors, has become increasingly costly in the feedyard.
guarding against external risk in cattle industry
Industry At A Glance: How Do You Manage External Risk?
Today’s cattle business requires ever-more vigilance in management against potential shocks from the outside.
cattle prices during government shutdown
No USDA Price Data? Market Seems To Say “No Problem” 1
Despite the halt in price information from USDA during the government shutdown, both the cash and futures markets moved higher in October.
heifers as a proportion of total on-feed population
Industry At A Glance: Heifer Portion Remains Steady Amidst Early Fall Run
The front end of the fall run (July, August, September) is now over; early indications are that the heifer portion of the feeder cattle mix has remained relatively steady.
Industry At A Glance: Would You Rather Work For Yourself? 1
If you knew you could be just as successful at a job working for someone else, would you take that job over running your own small business? Most small business owners say no.
small business owner concerns
Industry At A Glance: Is Small Business Adapting To Stress?
The Small Business Success Study's findings surrounds differences in attitude between new companies (in business 1-2 years) vs. those that are well established (40+ years). New company owners are far more optimistic about the national economy (64%) vs. established owners (only 45%).
Industry At A Glance: Consumer Sentiment Impacted By Washington Gridlock
What will be the effect of Washington’s political impasse on consumer behavior?
Industry At A Glance: Sources Of Market Information 1
With the backdrop of the recent government shutdown that has halted government price reporting, what are the sources that producers traditionally rely on for market information?
marketing fall cattle
Supply Might Be Tight, But Sellers Still Must Be Vigilant
Cattle feeders are operating with new discipline in their purchases, largely dictated by shrinking access to capital and the higher interest rates on the horizon.
Industry At A Glance: What Do Stocker Pay-Weight Trends Portend? 2
Do stocker pay-weight trends portend that we on the cusp of seeing some major shifts in buying behavior for feeder cattle?

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