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Grain Trade Insolvency - a real danger?

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 23 April 2019

In recent weeks Lempriere Grain went into administration, taking with it debts of A$18.8m. This is not the first grain company to fold and will not be the last.

We felt like it was an opportune time to revisit counterparty risk in light of recent industry rumours of a number of grain traders at risk.

Is counterparty risk a major issue, and how can you protect against it?

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Topics: Grain market / grain price, Agriculture

Wake up call for Australian Agriculture

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 23 April 2019

The latest biosecurity failure in South Africa (SA), the detection of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), not only had immediate impacts, with the banning of all movements of cloven foot animals and their products; but also consequential impacts on other SA farm products.

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Topics: Wool industry, cattle, sheep

Meat the women challenging perceptions in the supply chain

Posted by Olivia Agar on 23 April 2019

What happens when you put 200 women from the meat industry in one room? Thanks to Sheep Producers Australia I was able to find out at the launch of Meat Business Women Australia.

The networking event held in Melbourne brought women from right across the country, and right across the meat supply chain, including producers, processors, retailers, industry representatives, as well as this fortunate market analyst.

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Topics: cattle, agricultural industry

Commodity Conversation Recap

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 23 April 2019

The Commodity Conversations podcast has been running for the past month and we think they are great to listen to when in the tractor or on the commute.

In this update we provide you with a recap of our recent episodes.

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What to look out for in 2019 - Grain

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 11 January 2019

In this series of blog articles, we’re taking a look back at the year that was for agricultural commodities and provide our insight for the year ahead.

This installment highlights 2018’s key movements in grain markets and what to keep your eye on in 2019.

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Topics: Grain market / grain price, agricultural industry

What to look out for in 2019 - Wool

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 11 January 2019

In this series of blog articles, we’re taking a look back at the year that was for agricultural commodities and provide our insight for the year ahead.

This installment highlights 2018’s key movements in the wool market and what to keep your eye on in 2019.

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Topics: Australian wool industry, agricultural industry

What to look out for in 2019 - Sheep

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 11 January 2019

In this series of blog articles, we’re taking a look back at the year that was for agricultural commodities and provide our insight for the year ahead.

This installment highlights 2018’s key movements in sheep and lamb markets and what to keep your eye on in 2019.

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Topics: Sheep market, sheep, agricultural industry

What to look out for in 2019 - Cattle

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 11 January 2019

In this series of blog articles, we’re taking a look back at the year that was for agricultural commodities and provide our insight for the year ahead.

This installment highlights 2018’s key movements in the cattle market and what to keep your eye on in 2019.

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Topics: cattle

You are not farming correctly.

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 3 January 2019

As a serious professional farmer in 2019 it is well understood that “best practice” means you take care of your land, you take care of your animals/crops and you are economically astute. 

Despite that it doesn't matter what you or the industry believes is appropriate. We live in an era of ‘Social Licence’ where the opinion of the ill or under informed has the capacity to determine the future of your farm and its practices.

In this article I take a look at some risks related to the pursuit of social licence.

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Topics: leadership, activists, agricultural industry

Social Licence – it’s a rubbish concept!

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 3 January 2019

“Canberra bubble” has been coined the word of the year by the Australian National Dictionary Centre. Mecardo suggests that the equivalent in 2018 for agriculture is “Social Licence”.

Both are somewhat vague in meaning, although they are regularly trotted out by commentators and the plethora of industry opinionated columnists. We have noticed that “social licence” is now pushed to farmers and other agriculture industry participants as something to be “earned”.

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Topics: Australian wool industry, Australian cattle industry, Agriculture, activists

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