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Grain Trade Insolvency - a real danger?

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 17 July 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

What's the value of the live sheep export trade?

Posted by Mecardo on 17 July 2019

There’s no question that the live sheep export trade is an important market for many Australian sheep producers, but it also supports a raft of other businesses along the supply chain. Help us to determine the value of the live sheep trade to regional Australia and participants in the supply chain by completing these short surveys.

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Topics: live export

A supply and currency boosted wool price cycle

Greasy wool prices have weakened in the past couple of months, from high levels, so the natural question is “What is going on?”. This article is an assessment of the background to the current wool market to help understand where prices are likely to go.

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Topics: Wool market / wool price, Wool industry

When the rains do come, will we see a repeat of the historic 2014 rally?

Posted by Olivia Agar on 17 July 2019

Drought, destocking, and strong overseas cattle prices. The current picture of the cattle market isn't unfamiliar, with many factors on the surface looking remarkably similar to the period just before the breaking of the 2014 drought. So can we expect a repeat of the historic rally?

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Topics: Cattle market / cattle price, cattle, Drought

Can Angus cattle hold onto their premium?

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 17 July 2019

Producers of 100% Angus cattle have been enjoying a premium over non-Angus breeds for most of the last five years. As Wagyu producers have learnt in recent times, the presence of a quality breed branding doesn't guarantee a sustainable premium. Robert Herrmann discusses the risks and opportunities for the Angus breed in his presentation at 'Angus through the Ages'.

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Topics: cattle, Angus, presentation

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

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