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Matt Dalgleish

Matt Dalgleish
Prior to joining Ag Concepts, Matt began his career in 1993 with ANZ Bank as a technical analyst for foreign currency and interest rate markets. Matt progressed onto the currency trading desk, both in Australia and London. In 2005 he left ANZ to pursue a career in teaching. Matt spent six years in the education sector initially teaching VCE Economics and then moving onto special needs education. From early childhood, Matt has always had an interest in the agricultural sector. In 2012, he decided to move his family to a hobby farm on the outskirts of Ballarat where he could pursue a more rural lifestyle. Most recently, Matt worked as a property manager for two local real estate firms in Ballarat. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from RMIT and a postgraduate degree in Education from Monash University.

Recent Posts

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

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

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

Water woes and water wars

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 26 February 2018

All this bickering about water and access to water is doing my head in at the moment. You would think it is a crucial element to our survival the way the commentators are carrying on about it... actually, wait a minute – it is!

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Topics: markets, weather, water

There and back again.

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 8 December 2017

You could say that my journey to agriculture was a long one, full of many seemingly unrelated twists at turns. Although, it may surprise some (coming from a city born chap) that my earliest of work experiences came from an on-farm environment.

From that perspective I was “there” in agriculture at the beginning and now I’m “back again”.

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Topics: Agriculture

How do you reduce price volatility in wool?

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 3 October 2016

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).

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Topics: Wool market / wool price, Wool industry

How to use "one cancels other" wool orders.

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 23 May 2016

The purpose of this blog is to explain more about using “one cancels other” or OCO orders on the Riemann wool forward market with a particular focus on the 19 and 21-micron contracts. As part of the blog we will also undertake analysis of the basis between 19 and 21-micron classes to outline the seasonal movement in this basis, including how/why the basis has narrowed over time. 

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Topics: Wool market / wool price, Wool industry

5 reasons why transparency is important in the cattle industry

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 14 April 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced in early April of a market study into the cattle and beef industry to be undertaken this year. Issues covered by the study are wide ranging but a particular aspect of the investigation that caught our eye was the focus on greater transparency with regard to profits and margins along the beef supply chain.

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Topics: Australian cattle industry, beef price

How to tell if the market is about to change direction – Part three

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 7 March 2016

This blog is the third instalment in a series on technical analysis/charting tools used to predict potential change in market trend. The purpose of these series of blog articles is to give our readers a more in depth background on a variety of technical analysis tools that can be used as a reference point for readers unfamiliar with charting.

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Topics: Risk management, markets, technical analysis, trading

How to tell if the market is about to change direction – Part two

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 10 February 2016

In December 2015 we published a blog article on technical analysis/charting and more specifically the use of a relative strength index (RSI) as one of many technical tools used to predict potential change in market trend. The purpose of these series of blog articles is to give our readers a more in depth background on a variety of technical analysis tools that can be used as a reference point for readers unfamiliar with charting.

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Topics: Marketing, Bollinger bands, markets, commodities, technical analysis, trading

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