Recent Analysis
  • By Matt Dalgleish

Regional Rainfall Update March 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 Andrew Whitelaw

Pigs might fly

African Swine Fever (ASF) is the talk of the industry at present. Data out of China tends to be open to a level of interpretation and expectations are that there are higher levels of culling than government reports would suggest. In this article, we will talk about the impact of ASF on the oilseed industry.

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Grain
  • By Andrew Woods

Short length “prem” merino fleece supply and price

It is the June quarter, which is the peak time for shorter length (“prem”) merino fleece, in particular 20 micron and broader prem fleece. This article takes a look at the supply and then looks at the relative price for these shorter length categories.

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Wool
  • By Angus Brown

Our exports a drop in Swine Fever Ocean

We have been hearing bits and pieces about African Swine Fever (ASF) spreading across China and other parts of Asia, and it’s starting to have an impact on our markets. We thought it was time to take a look at how ASF is impacting pork production, and why our red meat markets are seeing a benefit.

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Cattle
  • By Matt Dalgleish

Year of the pig, decade of the sheep.

Last month we focused on the growth in demand for Aussie lamb from the USA. This piece looks at the current strength in lamb and mutton exports more broadly across the first quarter of 2019, with a spotlight on Chinese demand now and into the future.

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Sheep
  • By Andrew Woods

Crossbred prices are high but not in a relative sense

Australian crossbred prices (as opposed to the broader New Zealand crossbred categories) are trading at or close to record levels. The 28 MPG finished last week at 1204 cents. It is not so long ago that this would have been a good price for medium and broad Merino wool. This article takes a look at crossbred wool prices.

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Wool
  • By Angus Brown

Chinese beef demand pulling prices higher

Earlier in the week, Mecardo looked at beef exports and growing demand from China. It appears the stronger Chinese demand is having an impact on markets. This is especially for lower quality meat which might be a substitute for pork.

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Cattle
  • By Andrew Whitelaw

Charged up and ready to go

The northern hemisphere weather risk market is now upon us. In recent years this has provided ample opportunity to lock in strong pricing. In this article we look at how we did in previous seasons, and why it might be good time to consider a strategy for the mid-year period.

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Grain