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.

branded beef boxed sales
Industry At A Glance: Prime & Branded Beef Sales Continue To Grow
An all-new weekly record was established at the end of June when nearly 18% of all boxed-beef sales were comprised of Prime or branded products.
weekly regional price differences
Industry At A Glance: A Look At Regional Fed-Market Price Differences
A look at the regional dynamics (north vs. south) within the fed cattle market.
weekly corn basis from texas triangle
Industry At A Glance: Texas Triangle Corn Basis Sees Spike
A 50¢ move in corn basis since last summer represents a value difference of nearly $30/head between the northern and southern regions – the equivalent of $4-$5/cwt. for a 750-lb. steer.
Industry At A Glance: Is Beef A Luxury Food Or A Staple? 2
The rising price of beef stirs lots of discussion about the industry’s ability to maintain competitiveness over the long run.
shift in feedyard cattle
Industry At A Glance: Composition Of Feedyard Calf Placements
There’s been an important shift occurring among the nation’s feedyards over time. Most notably, the composition of placements has undergone some significant changes since 2000.
market, cattle, prices, June, action, Industry At A Glance
June Market Is One For The Ages: Is More On The Way?
Astounding, unprecedented, monumental – or you can tack on any of your other favorite descriptors to explain the market’s action during the past month.
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Industry At A Glance: Annual Feeder Cattle Investment
At today’s cost of $100,000 for a potload of cattle, how can the industry continue the delicate balancing act?
trends in the cattle cycle
Industry At A Glance: Changes In Beef Cow Inventory Vs. Changes In Calf Price 4
Will 2014 be a year of reversal in which cow-calf producers begin to rebuild their inventory? That’s an all-important question, and it’s seemingly been discussed more in recent weeks given the market’s strong counter-seasonal moves.
The top 10 cattle feeding states represent 86% of the total on-feed population.
Industry At A Glance: Cattle-On-Feed - Shifting Regional Differences 1
Late last year, National Beef announced plans to close its Brawley, CA, plant this spring. Meanwhile, Iowa beef producers are eagerly anticipating the Oct. 1 reopening of the Tama, IA, beef plant.
cattle numbers continue to decline
Industry At A Glance: Fed Market Vs. Annual Beef Spending 1
My April 30 Industry-At-A-Glance chart featured the comparative meat expenditures of beef, pork and poultry, and beef’s relative market share. As noted in the discussion, the strength of any company or industry is ultimately based on its ability to generate revenue.
Cattle Market Continues Its Remarkable Run
The market finally hit some speed bumps in April following some sharp gains in January, February and March.
Industry At A Glance: Changing Structure Of U.S. Dairy Operations
Overall dairy sales were approximately $31.7 billion in 2007 vs. $35.3 billion in 2012 (a difference of $3.6 billion). What’s important, though, is the change in sales mix during those five years.
cowboy sunset
Industry At A Glance: Older Cowmen Aren’t The Ones Exiting The Business 5
This column has been focusing recently on some pertinent results from USDA’s 2012 Ag Census data. One such important piece of data is the categorization detailing the age of principal owner of cattle operations in the U.S.
Industry At A Glance: Change In Structure Of U.S. Beef Cow Operations 3
According to the latest USDA Ag Census, the U.S. cow-calf sector saw a decline of nearly 175,000 operations in the past 20 years, with 141,000 of those operations being in the category of 1-49 cows.
Industry At A Glance: 2014 CPH 45 Sales 2
The hardest part for many producers to deal with when discussing value-added marketing programs is the reality that some marketing independence must be sacrificed.
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

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