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Sheep meat producers set to be the real winners of the food boom.

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 11 July 2018

We have seen some optimistic headlines recently about the prospects for agriculture.

“Mining boom to dining boom” and “Australian farms to be the food bowl for Asia” are recognizable newspaper headlines that capture the promising outlook.

And when you look at where the growing population lives, there is no doubt that Australia is well placed to service this potential.

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Topics: food boom, sheep, Asia

Are you sure the wool market can only go up?

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 11 July 2018

The wool market has finally shaken off the disappointing prices of the 1990’s and early 2000’s to currently sit at levels many wool producers have longed for.

As in the past when markets surge, the underpinning fundamentals for the strong market support a positive outlook into the future.

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Topics: Wool market / wool price, Australian wool industry

A $50bn risk to Australian farmers.

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 20 June 2018

In recent years overseas travel has become cheaper and easier and people are travelling to more exotic and ‘unusual’ destinations.

This travel brings with it the risk of disease spread on the feet of travellers, the worst of which is the dreaded foot and mouth disease. 

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Topics: Risk management, Animal Welfare, livestock

Backing the live cattle trade

Posted by Olivia Agar on 20 June 2018

There’s no question that the live export trade is the headline hogger of the agriculture industry. It’s a topic that, whether for or against, many people feel strongly about and so emotions and ethics tend to drive a lot of the passion fuelled debate at public and government level.

As you know, at Mecardo we like to strip things back to the raw data and facts but this time we need your help to collect them.

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3 ways to help develop high performing teams

Posted by Josh Peters on 20 June 2018

For a business to perform, it takes cooperation from everyone. A true team effort and is when everyone is doing their best and moving in the same direction. 

Guest blog by Josh Peters of National Agri-Solutions.

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Topics: employment

How to use effective communication to improve team dynamics

Posted by Josh Peters on 14 May 2018

Mecardo are pleased introduce Josh Peters as a guest author, who will be writing a series of articles to assist both job seekers & recruiters. In this first article, Josh discusses the importance of good communication, and how it can improve teams.  

Communication plays a huge part in being able to work with other people. If people aren't aligned with their communication, it can cost a business money to correct misheard messages, requests or advice.

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Topics: business, employment

Live cattle exports, climate and price risk management

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 14 May 2018

The debate continues to rage around the live export of sheep to the Middle East and recently a Victorian MP, Sarah Henderson, lent their support to the banning of the trade of live sheep in the upcoming private members bill to be brought forward by Susan Ley.

All the focus in recent weeks has been on the sheep industry, but what about the cattle industry?

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Topics: Australian cattle industry, cattle, live export

Should east coast sheep producers be concerned about a live export ban?

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 11 May 2018

The recent devastating vision of sheep suffering en-route to the Middle East has placed un-precedented scrutiny on the Live Export industry, however the focus has been predominately on any impact to the W.A. sheep industry.

However, those on the east coast should also be concerned.

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Topics: Sheep market

Don’t cry over split peas

Posted by Olivia Agar on 26 March 2018

Back in December the Indian government imposed a 30 per cent chickpea and lentil tariff on imports, which would affect many Australian growers. As of March 1st, the tariff was hiked up to 60 per cent. The latest rumours are tipping that it may increase again, anywhere up to 100% in coming months. Headlines have cried a crisis on the Australian chickpea and pulse industry at this devastating blow and lost market.

While this is a significant setback to Australian chickpea, pea and lentil growers and traders, particularly for the 2018 season, the larger concern should be focusing on the state of agricultural production in India and what this might mean in the long term.

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Topics: Agriculture, India, developing world

The risk of getting belted by China

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 26 March 2018

China has come along way from the “great leap forward” program undertaken by Chairman Mao in 1958 that was aimed to move the country from a largely agrarian based economy into an industrialised, collectively owned global power house. 

The “great leap forward” was widely acknowledged as a dismal failure which lead to periods of famine and economic recession.However, the modern China bears little resemblance to the disaster of the “great leap”.

In this article we take a look at how Australia can change how infrastructure investment is managed, in order to compete on a global stage. 

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Topics: Agriculture, Politics, business, china

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