Meet The Team
The Mecardo team includes market analysts, business development and consultancy professionals who have extensive experience in various sectors of the agriculture industry.
Complementing this team are leading external market experts, who contribute regular analysis and commentary for Mecardo.
Robert Herrmann is the Managing Director of Mecardo, as a specialist in agricultural advisory with its focus firmly on the financial enhancement of primary production and price risk management.
The company was established by Robert Herrmann in Adelaide in 1996 under the Ag Concepts Advisory brand. With a longstanding background in agriculture, Robert’s commitment was to deliver a high quality proactive risk analysis and management service to clients.
Robert has in excess of thirty years’ experience in agriculture, including eleven years as a senior wool specialist with Elders Ltd advising in the marketing and risk management of agricultural commodities.
Manager Business Development
Olivia Agar manages the delivery and distribution of research and analysis to Mecardo's subscription base and private clients.
Olivia has worked in diverse roles within the Agriculture industry with experience in rural merchandise distribution, procurement and horticultural agronomy.
Olivia joined the Mecardo team in 2017, further developing her skillset in market analysis across major agricultural commodities, consultancy and project management.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree (Hons) from the University of Sydney, specialising in Agronomy.
Senior Market Analyst
Adrian Ladaniwsky conducts fundamental and technical analysis and forecasting of Australian livestock and grain markets.
Adrian is a seasoned commodity economist and Certified Practicing Accountant with more than a decade’s experience working in financial markets, business optimisation, and financial risk management.
Prior to joining Mecardo, Adrian operated in the renewable energy, utilities, mining and resources sectors, as well as not for profit, facilities management and manufacturing.
He and his wife also run a vineyard in the Pyrenees region of central Victoria.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in In business, and Economics with honours, majoring in Finance, Accounting and Statistical Analysis from the University of Tasmania.
Technical Services Officer
Dave manages the integrity and quality of Mecardo data and systems.
Dave has worked in the education sector as a teacher in Ballarat, before furthering his own education studying courses in IT at Federation University.
In 2020 Dave joined the Mecardo team.
Principal, Independent Commodity Services
Andrew has a background in farming. He was raised in the Riverina on Mulberrygong, a property near Hay. After securing a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney, he spent eight years farming in both northern and southern NSW.
A move to wool broking in 1991 saw an interest in market analysis burgeon. Following a stint in Adelaide with Elders in the mid-1990s, he and his family moved to Wagga Wagga in 1997 to start Independent Commodity Services (ICS), with the help of Holmes Sackett and Associates.
ICS services a wide section of the wool industry ranging from growers through brokers to traders and exporters. Andrew is the market analyst at ICS.
Angus Brown began work as a livestock market analyst for Mecardo when it began as Ag Concepts Advisory Pty Ltd (ACA) in 2003 after completing an Agricultural Science/Commerce degree at the University of Melbourne. From early in his career at ACA, Angus has had extensive experience in developing risk management strategies for cattle producers and lot feeders.
Through this work, he has developed a deep understanding of the drivers of the Australian cattle market, which he has successfully transferred to sheep and lamb markets.
Angus also provides advice to grain growers and consumers on the use of derivatives in hedging strategies. Angus recently moved back to Hamilton to take a closer interest in the family farm, where he implements his knowledge of markets on a daily basis.
Angus uses his strong analytical and communication skills to provide weekly commentary and analytical articles for Mecardo.
Jamie-Lee Oldfield is a seasoned agri-media and communications professional who lives and works on a family-owned stud and commercial beef and sheep operation in Coolac, NSW.
She previously worked for agriculture publications such as The Land and The Weekly Times as a Livestock Editor, where she honed her skills reporting on and analysis of livestock markets. She continues to work in agriculture and communications as well as on the farm.
Jamie-Lee is also the Executive Officer of the non-for-profit organisation – Future Farmers Network, which focuses on youth in agriculture.
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