Recent Analysis
  • By Andrew Woods

Alpaca prices following suit

Apparel fibre prices have generally cycled downwards since mid-2018 (some from early 2019), well before the outbreak of COVID-19. This article takes a look at alpaca prices to see if they have followed the general trend.

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Wool
  • By Matt Dalgleish

Is 800¢/kg cwt too much to pay for young cattle?

Rainfall across the east coast during January has seen young cattle prices soar. Many producers with grass now emerging are asking how viable it will be to background cattle if the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) starts to make record highs. In this piece, we update the EYCI and National Heavy Steer (NHS) forecast models to see what cattle trading margins look like under a variety of price scenarios.

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Cattle
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

It's relatively relevant

America was on holiday on Monday for Presidents day. When they came back, they came back with a bang. Chicago futures experienced a surge just shy of 5% or A$12/mt. In this article, we look at this rise and the impact on Australian pricing.

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Grain
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

Cruise ships aren’t the only ones held up by Coronavirus.

China is in strife. Trade wars, African Swine Fever and now Coronavirus. The advent of Coronavirus has meant that the majority of Chinese manufacturing has been idled. This has huge consequences for a world heavily reliant upon Chinese manufacturing to get our gadgets and gizmos. In this article, we take a look at the Baltic Dry Index and how it could impact our bulk imports and exports.

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Grain
  • By Olivia Agar

Regional Rainfall Update November 2019

Mecardo have created a series of regional rainfall charts across the nation in order to compare the current seasonal rainfall on a monthly basis to the long term average levels and the normal/extreme ranges.

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Cattle
  • By Angus Brown

Demand for lamb to push prices to new highs

Last week we took a look at Meat & Livestock Australia’s Sheep Industry Projections, focusing on supply. This week we take the projections and try to put some numbers around price for the coming year. Needless to say, 2020 is looking like a strong one for lamb prices.

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Sheep
  • By Andrew Woods

Staple length price curves in Merino fleece

While the official wool indicators (MPGs, EMC and EMI published by AWEX) reflect the bulk of the greasy wool market, there is a raft of relative prices (premiums and discounts) which vary, primarily according to changes in supply. This article reviews the current effect that staple length has on price for the main Merino micron categories.

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Wool