Recent Analysis
  • By Andrew Woods

Big discounts starting to work for finer crossbreds

Finer crossbred prices have jumped this week, with 26 and 28 micron indicators up by 40 cents on the first day of sales (Tuesday). Compared to Merino combing and carding prices, crossbreds have been cheap in recent years. The broader the crossbred, the lower the price as New Zealand farmers will attest to. This article takes a brief look at the 28 micron category.

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Wool
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

The start of the marketing season

The harvest is all but complete in Australia and thoughts turn to the 2019 season. Will it rain, what will we plant? In this update we take a look at the forward curve, and why it is important to keep an eye on it.

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Grain
  • By Angus Brown

Are MSA premiums worth chasing?

We had an interesting query from a reader this week regarding price premiums being offered for high Meat Standards Australia (MSA) indexing cattle. The main factor influencing whether cattle achieve the premium is intramuscular fat (IMF), which for grass-fed cattle is largely influenced by genetics. The question is whether spending more on high IMF bulls will pay off when cattle are sold.

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Cattle
  • By Angus Brown

Kiwi’s have fewer lambs but most still to come

Part of the reason for the improving lamb prices over the past five years has been a case of increasing demand clashing with weakening supply. Supply from Australia has been increasing, but our main competitor, New Zealand, has continued to see lamb supplies decline. Most of this year’s supply from across the ditch are still to hit the market, however.

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Sheep
  • By Andrew Woods

Fibre prices heading lower

Wool is part of a group of apparel fibres, some of which are much larger, such as polyester and cotton, and some much smaller, such as alpaca. Issues specific to wool will help to push wool prices around but ultimately wool prices will follow the general trend of the apparel markets. With this in mind, this article looks at what is happening to some of the larger apparel fibre prices.

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Wool
  • By Matt Dalgleish

Angus survives another grilling

During the middle of 2017, Mecardo looked at Angus premiums to the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI). This analysis piece provides an update to the Angus spreads according to AuctionsPlus Angus cattle sales data.

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Cattle
  • By Angus Brown

What can go right, or wrong for lamb?

The lamb market has opened relatively steady and at similar levels to this time last year. In early 2018 however, the market was hitting a peak, while it is currently close to a financial year low. The general outlook is for stronger prices over coming months, but there are arguments for both upside and downside.

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Sheep