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Livestock market transparency – possibility or pipe-dream?

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 24 November 2017

Debate currently rages about the provision of slaughter data by meatworks; the question processors raise is why should we provide it when it gives our export customers ammunition to reduce their price bids when supply and throughput is high?

Despite the obvious that when supply is low the boot would be on the other foot; that is processors could point to tight supply as a reason to increase meat prices, the question of “What is the value?” to the industry of greater transparency in publishing price or supply figures remains.

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Topics: Sheepmeat market, Sheep market, Australian cattle industry

Agtech Visions: Weighing sheep by camera

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 18 November 2017

The assessment of sheep in saleyards by agents, buyers and market reporters is subjective; that is the estimate of liveweight, fat score & carcase weight is a best guess.

Given the importance of accurate assessment, especially to buyers and reporters, wouldn’t it be good if we could add some real time objective measurement to enhance this important sale function at major sheep and lamb auction markets?

This is the first in a regular series of agtech insights, aiming to provide a vision on the future of technology in agriculture.

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Topics: Sheep market, agtech, technology

WEBINAR: What will drive sheep and lamb prices?

Posted by Jenianne Hall on 23 July 2015

Lamb and sheep markets have weathered the dry conditions of the last two years well compared to cattle, but haven’t seen the surge in prices we’ve seen for cattle recently.  Strong prices and rainfall are likely to see a flock rebuild, which will weaken sheep supply. On the other hand, if recent joining trends continue, lamb supply is likely to remain steady or continue to grow.

So will this see prices face headwinds? What's the lamb market outlook? Importantly, what prices can we budget on for the coming years?

In this webinar, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Manager Market Information, Ben Thomas, will outline MLA's sheepmeat industry projections for the next five years.  Mecardo's Angus Brown will then take a look at what these projections might mean for sheep and lamb prices down the track.

Attend free sheepmeat market outlook webinar

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Topics: Sheepmeat market, General Mecardo information, Sheep market, Lamb market / lamb price, Webinars

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