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.

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: How will declining fuel prices affect beef demand? 1
Cheaper fuel prices should equate to improved consumer spending for other items and help boost the economy.
The cattle market found its bottom; where to from here? 1
The cattle market has seemingly found a bottom, but there’s some question about how much upside potential exists.
Industry At A Glance: What is the changing feeder cattle basis telling us? 2
Does the changing feeder cattle basis trend during the second half of 2014 signal what’s ahead in 2015?
Kansas Cowherd Trends
Industry At A Glance: 18 years of Kansas data show herd size is increasing 2
A series of five-year moving averages beginning with 1996-2000 and updated annually through 2008-2012 indicate that Kansas cow-calf producers are increasing their cow herd size and the marketing weight of calves has plateaued.
Industry At A Glance: Beef consumption & demand are two different measures 1
Beef’s pricing power has been formidable during the past several years – the direct result of better demand.
cattle market outlook for December 2014
Nothing about the U.S. cattle market should surprise us any more 1
The U.S. fed cattle market has been nothing short of incredible this year. But that doesn’t mean feedyard margin concerns have been alleviated.
Industry at a glance: Heifer population in feedyards is slowly declining 2
All indications are that heifer sales off the ranch are declining – albeit slowly and carefully.
Industry At A Glance: Relative Beef Imports Aid U.S. Herd Rebuilding
Beef imports have risen in recent months – reaching their highest level since mid-2007 at 10.3% of U.S. beef supply.
cropland versus pasture prices
Industry At A Glance: Land Prices Continue To Pressure Cattle Production 1
Both cropland and pasture established new all-time highs in 2014. What does it mean for cattle prices?
Industry At A Glance: Quarterly Beef Demand Index On The Rise
The second quarter of 2014 revealed the highest quarterly beef demand index measurement since the end of 2007.
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

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