Don Close

Senior Analyst - Animal Protein

Don Close is a senior RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness analyst, responsible for analysing all animal protein sectors, although he specialises in beef.

Prior to joining Rabobank, Don served as a market director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo, Texas, representing cattle feeders in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He previously held roles with AzTx Cattle in Hereford, Texas, Future Beef Operations in Parker, Colorado, and PHI Marketing Services at Pioneer Hi-Bred International in Des Moines, Iowa.

Don has conducted research on a wide range of topics including confinement cow/calf operations, lean finely textured beef, ground beef and development in international trade. He is also a regular speaker for state, national and international livestock groups across North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Currently, Don authors bimonthly columns for the National Cattlemen Beef Association’s publication and is working on market issues at the intersection of marketing and ag policy.

Close is a graduate of West Texas A & M University. He has a bachelor’s in agricultural economics.