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.

cattle market outlook for December 2014
Nothing about the U.S. cattle market should surprise us any more 1
The U.S. fed cattle market has been nothing short of incredible this year. But that doesn’t mean feedyard margin concerns have been alleviated.
Industry at a glance: Heifer population in feedyards is slowly declining 2
All indications are that heifer sales off the ranch are declining – albeit slowly and carefully.
Industry At A Glance: Relative Beef Imports Aid U.S. Herd Rebuilding
Beef imports have risen in recent months – reaching their highest level since mid-2007 at 10.3% of U.S. beef supply.
cropland versus pasture prices
Industry At A Glance: Land Prices Continue To Pressure Cattle Production 1
Both cropland and pasture established new all-time highs in 2014. What does it mean for cattle prices?
Industry At A Glance: Quarterly Beef Demand Index On The Rise
The second quarter of 2014 revealed the highest quarterly beef demand index measurement since the end of 2007.
cattle market takes a breather in October
Can Any Upside Remain In This Extraordinary Cattle Market? 1
Given the challenging operating environment on the processing side, packers will likely work hard to claw back some margin in the coming weeks.
annual hay exports
Industry At A Glance: Middle East & Pacific Driving Growth In U.S. Hay Exports
The ever-growing export market for U.S. hay and forages largely goes unnoticed. However, over the past decade that sector’s export growth has risen by almost $800 million.
imports versus beef exports
Industry At A Glance: Stronger Dollar Isn’t Affecting Beef Exports
U.S. beef set a new record in August with $641 million in exports.
Industry At A Glance: Is There A Biological Top In Feedlot Performance? 3
The beef industry continues to make consistent strides toward improved cattle productivity and efficiency. But is there a biological limit?
Industry At A Glance: How High Can Steer Carcass Weights Go? 7
There’s a possibility carcass weights may surpass the 900-lb. mark yet this year. What did this record number mean for the beef industry?
october cattle market outlook
Why The Cattle Market Is At A Critical Juncture 1
While the upside in the cattle market is always welcome, any sharp move in either direction just adds complexity to risk management and cattle marketing decisions.
retail ground beef prices
Industry At A Glance: Retail Beef & The Ground Beef Market
Popular press coverage recently highlighted the fact that the average cost of ground beef in the U.S. surpassed the seemingly important threshold of $4/lb. for the first time ever. But, meat case pricing is all relative.
comprehensive choice select spread
Industry At A Glance: Beef Price Spreads – Prime Explodes Over Select 1
Price spreads are a key factor within the boxed-beef market that drives business decision-making at the production level.
annual spot boxed beef sales
Industry At A Glance: Annual Spot Boxed-Beef Sales by Category
Demand for Choice beef product has been on the rise – representing an increase of nearly 9% of the total sales mix during the past 10 years.
annual boxed beef sales
Industry At A Glance: Annual Boxed-Beef Sales By Category 2
Will the beef complex continue to produce and market an even greater portion of Prime, Choice and branded products? Or will the marketplace stabilize at its current levels?
Industry At A Glance: Branded Beef Sales
December 29, 2012

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