World Protein Markets: Opportunities for Growth or Just More Politics?

Dave Weaber | Vice-President Beef Analytics,  Express Markets Inc.

March 5th, 11:15am

What is possible in the global beef market and how can producers capitalize on the growing protein deficit in Asia and the many markets that are able to send product there?


Dave joined EMI Analytics and Express Markets, Inc in April 2016 as Vice-President of Beef Analytics and is responsible for leading and growing the company’s efforts in beef supply chain analytics.  This includes supply and demand side analysis and forecasting of cattle numbers and beef supplies as well as domestic and international trade impacts.  Factoring in these variables and their combined effects to price forecasts for various classes of cattle and beef cuts, the group desires to assess margin impacts and shifts and strives to better the economic position clients in all areas of the supply chain. In 2019, he took on responsibility for managing the company’s broiler, turkey, egg, and pork analytics, as well as the sales and support staff.  

Before joining Express Markets, Inc, Dave served as Economist, leading the Market Insights Team in the Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Analytics Group of Delhaize America, the eleventh largest grocery retailer in the United States.  In this role, Dave was responsible for analysis and strategy guidance in the meat, poultry, dairy, grains and vegetable oil commodities as well as commodity risk assessment and management for the banner stores from 2007 to early 2016.

From February 2005 through March 2007, Dave was employed by Swift & Company as Director of Market Analysis.  He was responsible for market research and forecasting in the cattle, beef, hog and pork markets as well tracking changes in the other commodity and competing meat markets.  Dave also worked in the analysis of foreign markets and trade. 

Prior to joining Swift & Company, Dave spent seven years at Cattle-Fax, most recently in the position of Director of Research and Special Projects where he was responsible for analysis of Cattle-Fax feedlot inventory data, short and long term projections, special research projects and supervising the Research Department.

Dave earned a Master of Science degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1996.  His graduate research focused on ruminant trace mineral nutrition. He also completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at Colorado State University in 1993.  Dave was raised on his family’s cattle and sheep ranch in Southern Colorado.  Dave, his wife Natalie and children reside near Eaton, Colorado.