Nevil Speer

Professor of Animal Science
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.
hay production dollars
Industry At A Glance: Annual Hay Production Exceeds $20 Billion 1
At an annual aggregate value of $20 billion, the value of hay production in the U.S. is impressive. How will the dynamics of the hay market change in the years ahead?
Industry At A Glance: Feeder Cattle Imports From Mexico 2
As that supply of feeders from Mexico dwindles, it puts the crunch on U.S. cattle feeders from both an availability and price perspective.
beef cow inventory change
Industry At A Glance: Beef Cow Inventory Over Time 3
The world change in beef cow inventory during the past five years is equivalent to 3.7 million head.
Industry At A Glance: Feeder Cattle Regional Price Differences 1
A multitude of factors drive the price that producers receive for feeder cattle on any given day. Some of the more important drivers include deferred fed cattle futures, the price of corn, and forage availability. However, location is also a key factor.
monthly cattle market outlook
Monthly Outlook: Frustrating Cattle Market Shows Positive Signs 1
Despite good signs, many potential stumbling blocks remain in the cattle market. These include politics, monetary policy and a generally tepid economic recovery.
Industry At A Glance: North Attracting More Cattle On Feed 1
Major shifts began to occur following emergence of the federal ethanol policy as cattle followed the ethanol plants.
total on feed population
Industry At A Glance: Heifers On Feed Indicate Little Herd Rebuilding
The July Cattle on Feed report reveals that heifers represent nearly 38% of the total on-feed inventory – up over 1% vs. last year.
weekly fed market regional price differences
Industry At A Glance: Fed Market Regional Price Differences
What will be the long-term effect of Cargill’s decision to close its Plainview, TX, plant last January? We look at long-term beef industry price trends in the latest Beef Industry At A Glance.
prime and branded beef sales
Industry At A Glance: High-Quality Beef’s Economic Contribution 2
High-quality beef’s ever-larger piece of total industry revenue exerts a real impact on the cattle market. In fact, the annual difference in value over time represents $3 billion.
feedlot cattle at bunk
Monthly Market Outlook: Cattle Feeders Are Showing More Discipline
There’s been an important shift recently in cattle price differences between fed and feeder cattle. Before the U.S. cattle industry can begin to fully rebuild after several years of contraction, it’s necessary for equity recovery to take place in the cattle feeding sector.

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