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.

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.

Industry At A Glance: What’s the value of your cowherd time commitment? 1
Your time is valuable. But do you calculate that value when figuring indirect costs in the profitability of your cow herd? Here’s why you should.
Industry At A Glance: How non-feed costs affect profitability 2
Consider the importance of overhead costs when calculating cowherd profitability.
Industry At A Glance: Are cow-calf returns enough to keep producers out of a cash trap?
Prices in 2014 provided cow-calf producers unprecedented returns, sufficiently high enough to spur meaningful expansion. At least for the time being, cows are no longer being perceived as “cash traps.”
Industry At A Glance: Land values take a breather
The hot land market is cooling just a little.
Does the risk-reward ratio favor cow herd expansion?
Despite summer doldrums, beef producers are willing to take on more risk to expand their cow herds.
Industry At A Glance: The importance of dairy calves in the beef business
While beef cow and feeder calf numbers have dwindled, the supply of dairy calves has remained constant.
Industry At A Glance: Will the feeder cattle supply trend reverse? 3
Beef producers are charging ahead with herd rebuilding, and will keep significantly more heifers from this year’s calf crop as replacements. The outlook? Continued tightening in the feeder cattle supply. When will the trend reverse?
Industry At A Glance: What are the implications of declining beef cow cull rate? 1
Will expansion fever keep more cows at home the second half of 2015? If historic trends hold true, beef cow slaughter for the rest of the year could drop dramatically.
Industry At A Glance: What’s the impact of beef imports?
International trade in both beef and cattle has been a part of the U.S. beef complex for a long time. Import activity surged last year. What’s ahead for beef trade internationally?
Packers in the black as cattle feeders struggle
Early this summer, it appeared the fed cattle market was set up to be a repeat of 2014. Then June came along and reality set in
Industry At A Glance: Cattle regain top billing in farm gate receipts
After taking an ethanol bath, cattle receipts have regained top billing.
Industry At A Glance: How important are feeder cattle imports from Canada and Mexico?
Feeder cattle imports have long helped feedyards stay competitive.
Industry At A Glance: How shifting dynamics affect the spot vs. comprehensive market for Choice boxed beef
Shifting dynamics in the wholesale market translate to changing prices in the live cattle market.
Industry At A Glance: Have boxed beef sales abandoned the spot market?
Just as with the fed cattle market, the wholesale beef trade is increasingly dominated by out-front sales, leaving the spot market to decline over time. What are the ramifications?
Beef demand vs. beef consumption: What’s the difference?
April 8, 2016

Dr. Tonsor, thank you for the clarification!

Herd expansion update: Is 2015 beef cow liquidation up or down?
January 1, 2016

Correct, there are fewer cows being harvested as a result of a smaller cow herd. However, what's represented above is the slaughter rate - hence, number of cows harvested as...

Feedyard vs. cow-calf inventory returns: Who fared best in 2015?
December 1, 2015

Dr. Odde:
Excellent observations - a cow/calf operation and a feedyard are indeed very different businesses - as such, there's some sense of comparing apples to oranges...

How long can cattle feeders fight the market?
October 14, 2015

Gross profit would equal revenue less cost-of-goods sold. in this instance, it reflects fed cattle revenue less purchased cost of feeder cattle. Net profit would then be...

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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