Recent Analysis
  • By Angus Brown

Export prices to Japan finding support for now

Prices for beef exported to Japan has been easing of late, which is a bit of a concern, given Japan is our major high value export market. With Japanese beef export prices sitting on a key support level, we take a look at what might happen to markets if prices break lower.

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Cattle
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

Deciles: February 2017

Deciles are an important tool in your marketing toolbox, to provide a view for strategic decisions. This article contains a large number of decile tables across all major commodities.

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Deciles
  • By Andrew Woods

Trend for unskirted wool has steadied

A year ago Mecardo looked at the supply of unskirted wool by breed, and at the rising trend in the supply of unskirted wool. This rising trend has been a source of concern for brokers, exporters and early stage processors. This article updates the data and refreshes the view of unskirted wool volumes.

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Wool
  • By Matt Dalgleish

A tough start indeed (for processors)

After a short blip into positive territory late last year the Mecardo theoretical processor cut-out margin model has moved back into negative with a vengeance and points to the reasoning behind a recently announced closure of meatworks in Cootamundra.

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Cattle
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

Why do we talk about futures?

The readership of Mecardo has increased dramatically in recent months, and many readers have been asking about the importance of futures and why we follow them. In order to create a strong grain marketing strategy, it is important to have at least a rudimentary understanding of grain futures. In this analysis, we review the relationship between futures and physical prices in Australia.

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Grain
  • By Andrew Woods

Commodity overview

Commodity prices halve and double as the old saying goes, working their way through price cycles usually driven by internal factors and occasionally by an external factor such as the international financial crisis in 2008-2009. This article takes a look at the current price ranks for broad acre commodity prices in Australia.

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Cattle