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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

“……not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now”, South African MP.

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 23 March 2018

This is an astonishing comment from a leading South African politician. If you have been following the news in recent days, you would likely be aware of the deteriorating situation facing South African farmers. In 2017, 82 farmers were killed, in 423 attacks on farms. So far in 2018 there have been 15 murders and 109 attacks.

What is going on, what is likely to be the impact of these actions, and should they learn some lessons from neighbouring Zimbabwe?

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Topics: Agriculture, Politics, africa

Banning GM crops provides a premium in South Australia……..

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 11 March 2018

South Australia is the only major crop producing area in Australia which does not allow the commercial production of GM crops. We were tasked by the industry with answering the question:

”Does the GM moratorium, provide a premium price to South Australian farmers?”

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Topics: Grain market / grain price

You better learn to learn!

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 11 March 2018

“For students starting a 4-year degree, half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.”

This was one of the startling facts I learnt recently from a YouTube post discussing the rate of change and innovation that has occurred around the world and is predicted for the future.

It included other amazing stats like the 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ’s ……. is greater than the total population of the USA!

And, “China will soon become the Number #1 English speaking country in the world”, along with, it took 38 years for the radio to reach a market audience of 50 million, 13 years for TV, and 2 years for Facebook to reach an audience of 50 million. 

Both these projections seem amazing but also plausible to me, but what if someone had told us this 30 years ago? Would we have believed it or even done things differently?

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Topics: management, business, learning

The trunk technique- driving business into the future

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 5 March 2018

Agriculture is in a fortunate position, it produces a non-discretionary consumer product, that is the need for food sits at the very top of the consumer spending decisions. This is good, but this fact alone cannot be relied upon to sustain our farms. Complacency in industry or business is not justified and we should look to learn from other sectors for methods to drive growth. 

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Topics: management, business

Time to bless the rains down in Africa!

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 2 March 2018

Toto have been singing about it since 1982, but should livestock producers be paying more attention to Africa in the future, instead of India? 

The Australian livestock sector is perfectly located to take advantage of the growing population of middle class wealth expected to stem from Asia in the coming years. Indeed, there are more mouths to feed in the regions to our north west than there are in the rest of the world – Figure 1. Over 50% of the current world population reside in the shaded circle.

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Topics: Sheepmeat market, Export market, markets, wheat, corn, beef market, dairy, India

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