China back in beef in a big way

Hereford cattle in green paddock

Beef exports wavered slightly in April after an absolute bumper March, falling back below the five-year average, but still higher year-on-year. Total beef exports for the year-to-date have eclipsed the same period in 2022 by nearly 23%, as more supply and lower prices contribute to keeping up with demand. Japan remains Australia’s largest beef market […]

Lamb exports Richie would love

Penned lambs in Victoria

We saw Richie Benaud on Meat and Livestock Australia’s annual January Lamb ad a few year’s ago, but the title of this article on lamb exports is purely an observation of the total tonnes of lamb exported in April. Total Lamb exports for April were 22,222 tonnes. It immediately reminded me of the famous line […]

Canola finding its level

Canola field

Since the heavy fall back in March, canola prices have been relatively steady. Relative to what we have seen over the last three years (where volatility has been rife) If we compare recent moves to pre-2021 levels, they would be highly volatile. The market perspective has changed markedly over the last three years.  Before 2021, […]

An update on alpaca fibre prices

An article last week claiming the Australian alpaca herd, at 400,000, was second in size only to the Peruvian herd prompted Mecardo to have another look at alpaca fibre prices. It has been three years since the last article on alpaca fibre prices, which given the reported herd numbers, is an oversight. Like most of […]