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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

Trump has won, now what?

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 10 November 2016

As you will be aware the United States have elected their 45th President. In what can only be considered a heated contest, Trump was victorious. The media and the pollsters got it all wrong, but they were also wrong about Brexit. During the campaign, policy took a back seat to personal attacks. In this update, we will highlight the initial obvious impacts likely to be felt on agriculture.

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Topics: markets, Politics

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

The cattle cycle impact on beef prices – in depth report

Posted by Augusto Semmelroth on 5 February 2016

In January 2015 we published an in depth report into the cattle cycle and how it impacts prices. This article outlined the basis of some of our forecasting methods and provided some detailed background into our analysis that the Australian cattle market in late 2014 was undervalued, had deviated from fundamentals and was due to correct into 2015.

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Topics: Cattle market / cattle price, livestock price, beef price, markets, commodity

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