Recent Analysis
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

My trade deals are the best trade deals

“CHINA HAS ALREADY BEGUN AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT FARMERS & RANCHERS!” - President Trump. In this analysis, we will outline the agricultural commodities that China has historically imported.

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Grain
  • By Angus Brown

Spring mutton dressed up as lamb

There has been plenty of commentary around the spring rally in mutton prices and last week we saw the unusually strong prices almost hit a record in Victoria. Sheep markets have rarely been stronger and normally it’s the price low that we see at this time of year. So should growers be selling ewes rather than lambs?

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Sheep
  • By Andrew Woods

Where do the AWI votes come from?

The article earlier this week looked at the pattern of voting in the 2017 AWI director election and showed that only 37% of potential votes were effectively cast. That left some 60% of votes (there will be a grey area in the numbers due to an uncertain proportion of invalid votes) missing in action. This article takes a quick look at the source of these potential votes.

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Wool
  • By Andrew Woods

Vote – the flock needs you (again)!

The shareholders of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) will vote on three board vacancies at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on November 22. There are eight nominations for the three positions with the Board Nomination Committee recommending four of the eight nominations. This article takes a look at the voter turnout for the 2017 election (the latest election where data has been published).

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Wool
  • By Angus Brown

Possibly more to come for 90CL

The weekly Steiner US Beef report commissioned by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and published on their website always makes interesting reading. Last week Steiner made some very pertinent points regarding the supply of lean beef in the US, and it’s worth exploring what this might mean for us. The news is bullish to say the least.

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Cattle
  • By Matt Dalgleish

Do we need a long moratorium?

The Department of Agriculture is taking submissions until October 28th that will help determine the future regulation of the live sheep export trade, including the proposed moratorium during the northern hemisphere summer. This article looks at the current moratorium period and the impact of enacted regulatory changes to the trade on sheep mortality rates.

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Sheep
  • By Andrew Woods

Continued dry weighs on fibre diameter

It is stating the obvious to point out that conditions remain dry in many north eastern Australian regions, with spring conditions deteriorating in south eastern regions. During the past 18 months, drier conditions have lowered the fibre diameter of the clip with the skewed change in micron category volumes compounding the drop in total volumes. How seasonal conditions are likely to push fibre diameter around is of vital interest when considering change in wool supplies. This article takes a look at this for the balance of this season.

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Wool
  • By Angus Brown

Sheep and lamb supply unlikely to hit usual spring highs

Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) sheep industry projections were released recently, and the Australian Bureau of Statistic August slaughter data came out last week. It’s time to have our regular look at what is still to come for sheep and lamb slaughter.

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Sheep