Wheat market panic over Russia/Ukraine war

The outbreak of war between Ukraine and Russia has effectively cut off the majority of grain exports from the entire black sea region. The logistical constraints may not last forever, but concerns abound that Ukrainian harvesting and planting may be disrupted, creating a multiple-year issue for already tight wheat markets. As we have pointed out […]

Lamb demand lifts in WA

sheep and lambs in yard

The lamb market in the west is running its own race so far this year as the state experiences strong demand and tightening supply. While trade and heavy lambs have been leading the price charge, the restocker price in Western Australia has also surged this week, with the National Livestock Reporting Service quoting increased demand […]

More grainfed than grass for the first time ever

Feedlot cattle

The lotfeeding sector still hasn’t succumbed to weak cattle supply, with yet another survey posting a solid year on year increase in numbers. The Australian Lotfeeding Association (ALFA) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) survey also saw a new record set for the proportion of cattle slaughtered which were grainfed. Cattle on feed numbers followed […]

Over length discounts in merino fleece

Wool

Early stage processor machinery is designed and adjusted to fit the average dimensions of wool produced. Wool, as a naturally produced commodity, varies from year to year in response to seasonal conditions so the supply chain adjusts its relative pricing to these supply changes. This article takes a look at discounts for over length merino […]