Nevil Speer

Professor of Animal Science
Industry At A Glance: Consumer Sentiment Impacted By Washington Gridlock
What will be the effect of Washington’s political impasse on consumer behavior?
Industry At A Glance: Sources Of Market Information 1
With the backdrop of the recent government shutdown that has halted government price reporting, what are the sources that producers traditionally rely on for market information?
marketing fall cattle
Supply Might Be Tight, But Sellers Still Must Be Vigilant
Cattle feeders are operating with new discipline in their purchases, largely dictated by shrinking access to capital and the higher interest rates on the horizon.
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.
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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.

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