Nevil Speer

Professor of Animal Science
Industry At A Glance: End Meats & Middle Meats Flip Flop Positions
For the first time ever in the cutout series, beef end meats comprise more than 50% of the Choice wholesale market, with middle meats falling below 40%.
Industry At A Glance: Feedyard Revenue Through 2013
Estimates of feedyard revenue serve as an indicator of the total dollars available within the business.
Industry At A Glance: Shrinking Feedyard Margins
Cattle feeders have increasingly been forced to work much harder to ensure some semblance of margin while managing ever-larger amounts of capital in their operations.
working capital for beef producers
Cattle Market Continues Surge, But What About Prospects For Capital? 2
While higher cattle markets are favorable, they underscore the ever-mounting need for the working capital required to maintain daily business operations.
Industry At A Glance: Cattle On Feed & Supply Management Trends
Even in the face of declining feeder cattle supply, the U.S. feeding sector has managed to remain relatively consistent in managing flow over the years.
Industry At A Glance: U.S. Debt To GDP Ratio Is Concerning
While household debt in the U.S. continues to shrink, federal debt continues to grow. What does that portend for the general economy and beef demand?
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.

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