Nevil Speer


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.

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?
Industry At A Glance: Yield Grade Trend Over Time 1
Whatever the cause, there’s clearly been an increased percentage of cattle crossing over into the upper threshold of yield grades since around 2000.
Industry At A Glance: Estimating Next Year’s Cow Inventory 1
With 2013 on a pace to see the slaughter about 11.4% of its starting cow inventory in January, that’s equivalent to 3.33 million cows.
annual beef cow slaughter rate
Industry At A Glance: Beef Cow Slaughter Rate 1
The current year is on pace to see an 11.4% slaughter rate of the starting cow inventory - the third-highest annual level since 1996, behind only 2011 and 2010 (12.3% and 11.6%, respectively).
cattle market outlook blurred by zilmax ban
Monthly Outlook: August's Biggest Market News Was Zilmax™
The market is still trying to figure out the ultimate long-run effect of the beta-agonist Zilmax™ being pulled off the U.S. and Canada market by its manufacturer Merck Animal Health. That question will only be appropriately answered over time.

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