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.

Articles
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.
Beef recaptures market share from pork and poultry 1
Beef is back in the saddle, and the shopping cart, after recapturing market share from pork and poultry. Can beef hold that position?
Consumer segmentation around “evolving” values
Consumers can be fickle and they are a moving target. How have their wants changed over time?
Consumers willing to pay for food that meets their health expectations
Consumers are increasingly ready to plunk down their money on food that meets their expectations for health and wellness.
Have we priced consumers out of the ground beef market?
Will price-sensitive consumers return to beef?
Will volatility smooth out as the 2016 cattle market comes into focus?
2016 is shaping up to be a very different year compared with 2014 or 2015. Will market volatility smooth out as leverage shifts from seller to buyer?
Beef quality grade matters
As quality grade increases, consumer happiness in our beef product goes up as well.
So, is beef demand really that important?
As beef demand improves, it drives stronger spending at the consumer level – and cattle prices follow in a positive direction.
Consumers continue to keep beef on their plates
Given the cattle market freefall in the last half of 2015, the question of beef demand and its importance in the market for fed and feeder cattle is important. So far, beef demand remains strong.
Volatility abounds in fed and feeder steer prices
Recent market volatility makes the decision to buy or sell cattle a real gut-wrencher. Here’s a look at how price swings have affected the fed and feeder cattle market.
Feedyard revenue reverses direction in 2015
Total feedyard revenue started strong in 2015, then unraveled in the second half of the year. How bad was it?
Comments
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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