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  • Shut the gate, the Merino’s have bolted!
    For some time, we have been writing about our concerns for the Merino Wool industry, noting the “fight for acres” to date has been well and truly won by the croppers. To top it off, the number of ewes now mated to terminal sires has also been growing. It hurts an old shearer/wool classer/wool broker/wool market watcher to see properties that for over a hundred years proudly produced Me...
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  • India beef exports hit for six
    The announcement by Prime Minister Modi of a ban on the “sale of any bovine animals for slaughter” has caught analysts of guard, with some early reports filtering through that this is not a major event on the world beef stage; we are not so sure.It is pretty clear from reading the government decree that failing any backflip by the government, this will impact the slaughter of cows, buf...
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  • To shear or not to shear, is that the question?
    For some time, there have been messages from wool processors that much of the Australian wool clip is too long. If this is true then shorter lots should attract a premium – this would be a normal economic lever to attract more of the type, and if that is the case can wool producers justify the additional cost of two shearings in one year? To get to the bottom of this issue, a full und...
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  • Getting the farm enterprise investor ready.
    Australian farm enterprises have much going for them; management skills honed to the local conditions, robust and transparent markets, constant new technology and innovation upgrades and a relatively stable political climate. The challenge is capital funding, especially funding to grow the business. The good news is that there is plenty of capital around; the challenge is how do farme...
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  • Protect yourself from receivership
    The Australian grain sector has lost over $54 million since deregulation due to trader insolvencies. Using written contracts and dealing with known businesses may help reduce counterparty risk but unfortunately when it comes down to claiming legal property title, someone else may have already beaten you to it.In this article we look at how the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR)...
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  • Making money from Merino sheep – it’s the real deal!
    Merino sheep have been the cornerstone of farming success for a large area of rural Australia for almost two centuries. In recent times, though, Merino sheep numbers have fallen, with challenges from some of the “other” broad acre farming alternatives such as cropping and prime lamb production. There are plenty of articles and published information for those wanting to look for the fin...
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  • Are sheep & lamb buyers crazy?
    In a recent Mecardo lamb analysis article we highlighted the discrepancy between the sheep &  lamb price quotes coming out of the saleyards compared to the prices quoted for “Over-the-hooks” (OTH) lambs. At the moment, everyone continues to quote saleyard prices as being miles ahead of OTH prices. We need to remember that not a single lamb in those saleyards has been weighed.  No-one ...
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  • An evolution in sheep shearing
    The wool industry relies on the shearer as the first stage in the harvesting and movement of wool to its ultimate market. And while this process has been successfully carried out since sheep first arrived in Australia, it is curious that this harvesting system has progressed little over time. The timeline for the evolution of shearing is slow, interrupted with disputes and false starts...
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  • Trump has won, now what?
    As you will be aware the United States have elected their 45th President. In what can only be considered a heated contest, Trump was victorious. The media and the pollsters got it all wrong, but they were also wrong about Brexit. During the campaign, policy took a back seat to personal attacks. In this update, we will highlight the initial obvious impacts likely to be felt on agricultu...
  • Grain & Canola NPE contracts, the simple facts
    In an attempt to secure supply a recent response from grain traders and merchants to the low world prices is to offer and promote to grain growers No Price Established (NPE) contracts. As with any contract there has to be something in it for the seller, and also something for the buyer. Lets have a quick overview looking from both sides.It is important to note that NPE contracts come u...
  • How do you reduce price volatility in wool?
    This blog article takes a look at managing downside price risk exposure for a wool grower using forward contracts and minimum price contracts. There are two predominant strategies to reduce the effect of price volatility when selling physical wool for a date in the future. These are by using a forward contract or using a minimum price contract (MPC).
  • Long-range weather forecasts by Dr David Stephens
    Since 2001, Long-range weather forecasts were issued by the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia (DAFWA) and the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) by Dr David Stephens. Dr Stephens has a reputation for producing the most accurate weather and crop yield forecasts in Australia, and has agreed to write occasional articles on Mecardo to help provide weather insight...
  • Let's make merino great again
    There are times when you just have to stand up; “it’s now or never”. Coaches espouse the need to win the crucial 3rd quarter, the “break” point in a tennis game, or bowl the “dot” ball at a crucial time of a cricket match. “Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never." The playwright Alan Bennet probably wasn’t talking about the wool in...
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