Herd rebuild has hit

Cattle of a flooded field

It’s felt like slow going, but females are finally staying on the farm. Female slaughter rates for two of the three big processing states are tracking well down on last quarter, back to pre-drought levels – and lower. The proportion of females being slaughtered is a primary indicator of how the Australian cattle herd is […]

Moisture bank is full, so should we be pricing?

Australia thunderstorm

The rainfall flooding NSW this week is causing all sorts of problems in coastal areas, but on the other side of the divide, it is likely most welcome. In cropping country, the moisture will be banked, and couldn’t provide a better start to the cropping year. With new crop prospects as good as they can […]

NZ farmers still flocking away from sheep

New Zealand is our twin major exporter of sheepmeat and the major producer of carpet wool. With this in mind, this article takes a look at the flock size and sheep meat production in New Zealand. Mecardo last looked at the major livestock numbers in New Zealand in October 2016, shortly after dairy cattle numbers […]