Recent Analysis
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

NNSW: When will the weather come?

Farmers are doing it tough in northern NSW. There has been a severe lack of rainfall causing concerns around the potential for the crop and pasture availability for livestock. One of our premium subscribers called up last week with an interesting query. If we look back in history, when is the rainfall likely to arrive?

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Cattle
  • By Farm Tender & Olivia Agar

Hay still coming out of the woodwork.

The once white-hot Hay market is now on about medium heat as demand retreats to some form of normality, but new parcels are still hitting the market as sellers who held onto their cards are entering the market.

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Cattle
  • By Angus Brown

Restocker demand down but a base might have been found.

With drought conditions in much of New South Wales and parts of Queensland, it has been interesting to see the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) find somewhat of a base in the last couple of weeks. With further dry weather forecast, we attempt to ascertain whether this is a support that’ll track along for a while, or whether it’ll take another leg lower.

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Cattle
  • By Andrew Woods

Broad crossbred prices.

Merino wool prices are booming, with combing prices currently leading the way. The state of crossbred prices varies. Fine crossbred prices are at levels undreamt of and median (for Australia) crossbred prices around 28 microns are bumping up at a level close to all-time highs in US dollar terms. The exception is crossbred prices for categories broader than 30 micron. This article takes a look at prices for crossbred wools on the broadest edge of the Australian production.

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Wool
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

Deciles: June 2018

Deciles are an important tool in your marketing toolbox, to provide a view for strategic decisions. Our collection of updated deciles include dairy, wool, livestock, grain & inputs.

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Deciles
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

545 products in Chinese sights.

It seemed like the USA and China were on the verge of resolving their trade scuffle. On Friday evening, President Trump announced a range of tariffs targeted towards the Chinese tech industry. In retaliation, China has set its aim on 545 imported products. The biggest impacts have been seen in the grains market.

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Grain
  • By Andrew Woods

Keeping an eye on cotton stocks.

Cotton is the largest natural fibre and has the closest relationship to wool in terms of price of all the major fibres. Following the massive 2011 peak in cotton prices, stock levels rose sharply with the stocks to use ratio finishing above 90%. This article takes a look at recent changes in stock levels and the projections for 2018-19.

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Wool
  • By Matt Dalgleish

Processors benefit from the dry Autumn.

It’s not uncommon to see processor margins reach their seasonal peak during Autumn. However, a combination of easing domestic cattle prices and relatively firm beef export prices have provided an extraordinary boost to processor margins, according to the Mecardo theoretical cut-out model, to see monthly average margins at their highest point in three years.

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Cattle
  • By Angus Brown

If conditions allow, more Merino wethers should be surviving.

Rising wool prices have altered the sheep production landscape. Recent years have seen strong lamb prices trump the wool job, with many Merino wethers finding themselves on the hook rather than being kept for wool production. In response to a subscriber query, we try and put some numbers around going back to holding wethers for wool production.

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Wool