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.

Industry At A Glance: A Look At Meat Spending & Beef Market Share 2
The relative strength of any industry is dependent upon its ability to generate revenue. That’s a critical measure (along with profitability) that’s ultimately more important than simply measuring sales volume.
Market Outlook: Cattle Market Appears To Turn The Corner In April
The fed market finally took a breath in April. Following $152+ trade in March, steer and heifers backed up to the mid-$140s late in the month.
corn price versus carryover
Industry At A Glance: Corn Price Vs. Carryover Stocks
The Chinese use two symbols to simultaneously represent the concept of risk or crisis: one is danger, the other is opportunity. That’s an appropriate characterization of the risk and reward potential inherent in today’s commodity markets.
cattle market outlook
January Cattle Market Forces A Rewrite Of The Record Books
The market’s huge run of late has been driven by frantic action on the wholesale side – surging beef values incentivized packers to chase cattle.
fed market differences in cattle price
Industry At A Glance: Can The Fed Market Keep Climbing?
In nine of the past 10 years, the fed cattle market has moved higher into spring from its January high.
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.
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

This is an excellent inquiry regarding the data. A couple of points of clarification might be helpful here. 1. The data is based on the comprehensive cutout detailing...

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