Nevil Speer

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Nevil Speer is based in Bowling Green, Ky., and serves as vice president of U.S. operations for AgriClear, Inc. – a wholly-owned subsidiary of TMX Group Limited. 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.

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.

Feedyard revenue reverses direction in 2015
Total feedyard revenue started strong in 2015, then unraveled in the second half of the year. How bad was it?
Out with the old, in with the new -- but will we ditch the market headache?
Lots of unknowns remain heading into 2016. Thus, volatility will likely remain with us for the foreseeable future.
Producer purchasing priorities
Cattle producers know what they want from the inputs they buy. They want it to work. But will they? Here’s a look at the numbers.
Herd expansion update: Is 2015 beef cow liquidation up or down? 5
Are cattle producers still in an expansion mindset? A look at beef cow slaughter numbers gives direction.
Are feedyards paying it forward or paying it back?
Feedyard losses in 2015 continue to outpace the relative difference in replacement feeder cattle costs for future closeouts. Will that change in 2016?
Do U.S. beef exports to Canada and Mexico matter?
What’s at stake in the COOL scuffle between the U.S. and its trading partners to the north and south?
Market volatility won’t subside anytime soon. Plan accordingly
Don’t expect the wild market swings of the past several months to subside anytime soon. Make your 2016 marketing plans with market volatility in mind.
Futures volatility causes hedgers, speculators to swap positions
Futures volatility has caused hedgers and speculators to swap positions in the market. Will volatility continue to cause changes in net positions?
Do trends in the cattle crush foretell the future for feeder cattle prices?
A large cattle crush is good news. What does the trend line foretell?
Feedyard vs. cow-calf inventory returns: Who fared best in 2015? 2
Differences in annual inventory returns between cow-calf and feedyard operations hit historic highs in 2014. We look like we will break that record again in 2015.
Heavier placement weights alter fed cattle marketings
The trend to heavy in, heavy out in feedyard placements and marketings continues unabated. Will economic signals continue to reinforce that strategy?
Heavy in – heavy out: Feedyard placement weights record high
Market volatility has encouraged feedyards to place cattle at heavier weights and feed them longer. Can anything break that trend?
Will October’s fed cattle market set the tone for the rest of the year?
After a devastating September, the October fed cattle market was a ray of hope. What will the rest of 2015 hold for the fed cattle market?
Will 2015 feeder cattle prices get back in line with historical trends? 1
Feeder cattle prices in 2015 tell a tale of two trends. Will prices close out the year in line with early-year trends or will feeder cattle continue to struggle in the face of massive feedyard losses?
Astounding weekly price volatility for fed steers
After several years of fed cattle prices moving higher, the downside volatility in 2015 has left some cattle feeders battered.
What countries are the beef industry’s major trade partners?
August 16, 2016

Australia is a major importer of beef products into the U.S. Meanwhile, the major export markets for U.S. beef include Japan, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong.

Cow cost trends: How does your operation compare?
July 18, 2016

Top 10 non-feed costs in order are as follows (ranked in order from most to least):
1. Unpaid operator labor
2. Indirect interest (machinery, buildings,...

Choice beef rules the consumer’s shopping cart
June 22, 2016

Your timing is excellent! The supply side will be addressed in this coming week in Friday's Cow-Calf Weekly.

Heavy in, heavy out: Heavyweight placements continue to worry the market
May 31, 2016

the marketing weight of calves varies widely depending upon season, location etc.... From there they can go to various locations - for example, feedyard, backgrounding yard...

Beef demand vs. beef consumption: What’s the difference?
April 8, 2016

Dr. Tonsor, thank you for the clarification!

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