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: 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.
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.
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

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