Recent Analysis
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

Deciles: June 2017

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

Grain consumers: Create a price ceiling

The Mecardo platform is used by a wide range of industry participants, on both the buy and sale side of the market. The buyers in the market have just as much risk as sellers, as an increase in grain price will impact upon margins and competitive pressure. In this article, we will look at using a call option to protect against rising markets, and applies to all buyers from dairy farmers, to food producers.

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Grain
  • By Angus Brown

What to expect if it stays dry

Whether or not you believe the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) three month forecast, there is always the chance the current dry spell could continue. Dry winter’s and springs are not great for cattle prices, but given the current historically strong values, how bad could it get?

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Cattle
  • By Andrew Woods

WM discounts for broad merino

Following on from the earlier article about fine merino combing wool discounts for vegetable fault (VM), this article takes a look at current discounts for VM in broad merino wool (21 through 24 micron).

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Wool
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

The demand from cattle feedlots

In last week’s ABARES report, we highlighted that chickpea acreage in Queensland was forecast to repeat 16/17’s stratospheric increase. This raises a number of concerns (for buyers), and opportunities (for sellers) in the feed market. In this report, we will examine the potential feed demand in Australia, from cattle feedlots.

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Cattle
  • By Andrew Woods

Price effect of staple length

The wool supply chain regularly makes comment on various aspects of wool production such as the standard of preparation, contamination and staple length. Ultimately, where price can be linked to the issue, it is price which is the key comment on these issues. For staple length, there is ample opportunity for the supply chain to send price signals to farmers with regards their preferences. This article takes another look at staple length and its effect on price.

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Wool