Commodity Conversations

Commodity Conversations Podcast

Commodity conversations explores all the moves in Australian agricultural markets and the stories behind what's driving them.

Weekly market wrap- 22nd January 2021
After a strong start to the year across all markets, David Myers and managing director of Mecardo Robert Herrmann take a moment to take stock of the key trends market so far this year. On today's episode we cover sheep, cattle and the wool markets....

The business of succession - 15th January 2021
How do you build a farm business to make succession planning possible? That question was the main focus of an in-depth study into farm succession planning carried out by Dr Mike Stephens from Meridian Agriculture who joins us on this episode.  Mike shares some of the learnings of his research and talks about what can be done to allow owners to hand on a viable business, have sufficient funds for retirement and ensure the self interest of other family members is catered for....

Southern weaner sales like no other - 8th January 2021
Livestock commodity prices opened 2021 with a bang at the southern weaner sales. The weights, quality and prices were an impressive show. This week we have Angus Brown and Andrew Hosken joining Robert Hermann to discuss the results and what it means for the year ahead....


Looking back on 2020
For our final podcast for the year, David Myers has a chat with Robert Herrmann and Olivia Agar about the highs, lows and surprises of 2020 and also about what to look out for next year.  Thank you from the team at Mecardo, we always welcome sharing this podcast around and appreciate any feedback. We look forward to you tuning into Commodity Conversations in 2021....

That’s a wrap for wool - 18th December 2020
The wool market ended 2020 on a softer note, but has recovered well since September’s low. Mecardo analyst Andrew Woods joins Robert Herrmann this week to chat about how the wool market has performed this year and what we might expect as we move into 2021....

What's in store for the weaner sales? - 11th December 2020
The southern weaner sales are just around the corner and prices are sure to be hot. Just how hot and what we can expect in terms of supply and buyers are questions on many minds, so for this episode, Olivia Agar chats to Mecardo analyst Angus Brown, and livestock specialist Andrew Hosken about what we're likely to see....


Consumers: the real Ag influencers - 4th December 2020
This week we are talking consumer trends with David Cornish, Director at Marcus Oldham Agricultural College, who shares some insight on the emerging consumer, what they are telling us and what we should be telling them....

Fert Fundamentals - 27th November 2020
The fertiliser market has been fed by the hands of India and China in 2020. In this episode, Olivia Agar is joined by Yao Yao, market research manager at Nutrien in Canada, to discuss the key drivers of supply and demand in N, P & K markets, as well as the outlook for fertiliser in 2021....

Market Recap - 20th November 2020
The sheepmeat market is showing unusual strength at a time of supply increases. In this episode Robert Herman and Adrian Ladaniwskyj discuss the relationship between lamb and booming sheep prices and delve into the status of one of our key beef competitors - South America...


What's in the WASDE? 13th November 2020
The outlook for Aussie wheat pricing is hinged on the global supply and demand equation for corn and soybeans. Nick Booth from Next Level Grain Marketing joined us this week to discuss the changes in the recently released World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report....

Market Recap - 6th November 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo. This week Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann discuss the weather that's driving uncertainty in grain markets, recent moves in wool, and sheep crossing the Nullarbor.   Sponsored by Cleavers Organics...

Global grain update
Crumbling pillars of support for global grain pricing and pushback from growers in the lamb market are the big stories in this episode. We're joined by Mecardo's grains and oilseed contributor Nick Booth from Next Level Grain Marketing for an update on what's driving the global grain market.   Host: Olivia Agar Guest: Nick Booth Audio Production: David Myers...


Exporting wool in challenging times - October 16th 2020
What’s going on with wool demand? This week we spoke to Mark Symes, Southern Wool Manager at G.Schneider Australia. He shares some insight into how his business has adapted to the changing market dynamic and what signs of recovery and improved demand are coming from our customers....

A look at the lamb trade - 9th October 2020
In our next episode with guests from the field, we dive into the Riverina lamb market with Ron Rutledge, Livestock Development Manager at Nutrien Ag Solutions. He shares some insight into how producers are taking part in the new season lamb market and what changes in the Merino lamb have turned it into the asset that it is today....


Cattle trading at record store prices - October 1st 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo.This week we're hitting the ground and talking cattle with Anthony Delaney from Nutrien Delaney Livestock. He shares some insight into the decisions that producers in Eastern Victoria are making and how the desire to rebuild herds is competing with record prices....

100th Episode Commodity Roundup - looking back and forward
This week is our 100th episode of Commodity Conversations so we thought we would have a bit of a chat about how the podcast got started and also how our key commodities have travelled since episode 1. This week we have Olivia Agar, Robert Herrmann, Adrian Ladaniwskyj and a surprise appearance from data/dj Dave Myer who has been doing the recording and editing of the podcast....

Market Recap - September 18th 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo. This week we have Olivia Agar and Mecardo's newest commentator Adrian Ladaniwskyj discussing the latest developments in the local and international grain market, the latest lamb market figures and also an interesting discussion about the relationship between cattle and the search for a covid-19 vaccine....


Market Recap - September 11th 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo. This week we have Olivia Agar and Mecardo's resident grain commentator, Nick Booth from Next Level Grain Marketing discussing the latest developments in the local and international grain market....

Market Recap - September 4th 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo. This week we have Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann discussing trends in the local wool market and it's trajectory compared to apparel fibres, overseas grain market movements particularly the strong Chinese demand for wheat, and the lamb and cattle trading scenarios....

Market Recap - 28th August 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo. This week we have Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann discussing trends in the local wool markets, overseas grain market price signals and the disconnect between local and global cattle prices....


Market Recap - 21st August 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo.This week we have Adrian Ladaniwskyj and Robert Herrmann mixing things up a bit as they discuss the potential impact of the Chinese anti-dumping investigations  on Australian wine exports as well as a discussion on trends in the wool market....

Market Recap - 14th August 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the team at Mecardo.This week we have Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann chatting about  long term wool trends, new restrictions on sales, cattle on feed numbers and  lamb prices....

Market Recap 7th August 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week we have Robert Herrmann chatting with Angus Brown from Mercado about spring lamb prices, supply challenges, cattle markets and the return of wool sales....


Market Recap - 31st July 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Olivia Agar, Robert Herrmann & Adrian Ladaniwskyj chat about Canola markets, spring lamb prices, supply challenges in Victoria and provide the usual market recap....

Market Recap - 24th July 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Robert Herrmann and Nick Booth dive into an update on grain markets covering the global situation as well some insight into how the local picture with a focus on Nicks home turf on the Eyre Peninsula which is looking very different to many other parts of the country....

Market Recap - 17th July 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann chat about the fight for acres between meat sheep and wool, a bounce to east coast lamb markets and the shutdown of meatworks in Victoria due to COVID outbreaks....


#29 Meat and wool megatrends- what do they mean on-farm?
Now that we know what trends are impacting meat and wool sectors, we dive into what they mean for planning and decision making on-farm. In this part 2 episode, David Cornish, Director of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham Agricultural College and Mecardo's Robert Herrmann provide some insight....

Market Recap - 3rd July 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann chat about the US grain harvest and production in Australia, the stocks of grower wool in store, and how local livestock markets are holding up with pressure from overseas....

#28 Meat and wool megatrends- what's changed?
We've all heard the trends impacting meat and wool markets like African Swine Fever and the rising Asian middle class, but what impact has a global pandemic had on these trends and how they affect commodity markets? In this episode, David Cornish, Director of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham Agricultural College and Robert Herrmann provide some insight into these questions....


Market Recap - 19th June 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann chat about changing trade factors in the grain market, yield challenges for the wool market and record young cattle prices....

Market Recap - 12th June 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Olivia Agar covers sheepmeat markets and an update to the flock and Robert Herrmann recaps the wool market and WASDE report....

Market Recap - 31st May 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Andrew Whitelaw, Olivia Agar and Matt Dalgleish.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks...


Market Recap - 22nd May 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Andrew Whitelaw, Robert Herrmann and Matt Dalgleish.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks...

Market Recap - 15th May 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Andrew Whitelaw, Olivia Agar and Matt Dalgleish.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks...

Market Recap - 1st May 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Andrew Whitelaw, Olivia Agar and Matt Dalgleish.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks...


Market Recap - 24th April 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Andrew Whitelaw, Olivia Agar and Robert Herrmann.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks...

Market Recap - 17th April 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Andrew Whitelaw, Olivia Agar and Matt Dalgleish.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks...

Market Recap - 17th April 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Andrew Whitelaw, Olivia Agar and Matt Dalgleish.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks...


#27 Markets with the Mecardo team.
The Mecardo team of analysts have a chat with one another about what is happening with their respective commodities. Wool with Robert Herrmann, grain with Andrew Whitelaw and livestock with Matt Dalgleish....

Market Recap - 3rd April 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. Andrew Whitelaw will cover grain and Robert Herrmann will cover wool.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks....


Market Recap - 28th March 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

#25 Does the tyranny of distance offer protection?
In a move away from our regular agriculture/market discussions, we are going to discuss the health implications of COVID-19 with a focus on rural areas. In this podcast Robert Herrmann is joined by David Deutscher. David is a surgeon with experience working in rural areas, and also the chair of the Committee for Ballarat....

Market Recap - 21st March 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Olivia Agar, Andrew Whitelaw & Matt Dalgleish. Remember to share this podcast with your networks....


#24 Coronavirus - The wider economy & FX
Go long toilet roll, short everything else. In this podcast we discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the wider economy. We will follow up in recent days on the impact in agricultural markets. Mecardo analysts Andrew Whitelaw & Matt Dalgleish are joined by Steven Dooley and Trent Osmond of Western Union Business Solutions. We will follow up shortly with further discussions....

Market Recap - 13th March 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week with Olivia Agar, Andrew Whitelaw & Matt Dalgleish. Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

Market Recap - 6th March 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. Remember to share this podcast with your networks....


Market Recap - 28th February 2020
A hack in the wool auction platform, a record number of cattle on feed and the four n twenty meat-free meat pie in this week's short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team....

Market Recap - 14th February 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

Market Recap - 7th February 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week covering wool, grain, cattle & sheep markets.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks....


#23 Phase 1 - Our view on the Australian impact
The Phase 1 deal between the US and China could have ramifications for Australian agriculture. Andrew Whitelaw & Matt Dalgleish have a chat about the deal and cover: What the deal is (in layman terms) Our opinions on the likely impact to Australian agriculture The commodities most likely to be impacted....

Market Recap - 17th January 2020
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week covering wool, grain, cattle & sheep markets.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

#22 Bushfire crisis in livestock
Australia has suffered through an agonizing bush fire season which has caused untold levels of damage to homes and businesses. In this update we talk about the livestock impacted by these bushfires.The discussion between Andrew Whitelaw & Matt Dalgleish will cover livestock populations (sheep & cattle), death projections and the impact on the wider industry....


Market Recap - 20th December 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Robert Herrmann will cover wool and Andrew Whitelaw will cover grain. Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

#21 What is with this weather?
Everyone in agriculture follows the weather, including the Mecardo team.  We are however not experts in that field, and we often have discussions with our friend Dr David Stephens of Agro Meteorology. We wanted to pick his brains on why this year has been so poor for the majority of the country.  Topics covered include: The drivers of the last years weather and what caused it to be so bad. The creation of models to forecast weather His research into weather patterns moving due to changes in climatic conditi...

Market Recap - 13th December 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week covering ASX wheat, South Australian GM crops & falling cow prices.    Remember to share this podcast with your networks....


Market Recap - 6th December 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week covering wool, beef, fertilizer & the ABARES crop update. Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

Market Recap - 29th November 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

#20 An independent view of the fertilizer market
On Mecardo we recently provided an update on the fertilizer market. As one of the biggest input costs on farm, it's important to keep a close eye on the market. We were asked for more information from a numbers of premium subscribers, it was therefore an opportune time to call in one of our analyst friends from the UK. Andrew Whitelaw (Mecardo) and Chris Lawson (CRU) sat down for a chat about the fertilizer market and what is means for Australian prices....


Market Recap - 23rd November 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.  Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

Market Recap - 15th November 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.    Fertilizer & grain by Andrew Whitelaw (Twitter : WheatWatcher) Livestock by Matt Dalgleish (Twitter : ballarat_matt)   Remember to share this podcast with your networks....

#19 What happens when the drought breaks?
Drought has been at the forefront of peoples minds in recent times, however it will break at some point. In this podcast the Mecardo team look beyond the current drought and have a chat about some scenarios for when the drought breaks. What are the challenges and opportunities? We discuss cropping, cattle, sheep and wool. This podcast includes Matt Dalgleish, Andrew Whitelaw & Robert Herrmann.  Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market. Do us a favour and share with ...


Market Recap - 8th November 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.   Grain by Andrew Whitelaw (Twitter : WheatWatcher) Livestock by Matt Dalgleish (Twitter : ballarat_matt)   Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market. Do us a favour and share with your friends, family and colleagues....

Market Recap - 1st November 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.   Pigs & wheat by Andrew Whitelaw (Twitter : WheatWatcher) Wool by Robert Herrmann (Twitter : robertherrmann1)   Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market. Do us a favour and share with your friends, family and colleagues....

#18 The yarn with the contenders
This week we are talking with some of the candidates for the AWI board. These conversations include Janelle Hocking Edwards, George Falkiner & Paul Cocking. Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au for your weekly injection of market analysis....


#18 The yarn with the contenders
This week we are talking with some of the candidates for the AWI board. These conversations include Janelle Hocking Edwards, George Falkiner & Paul Cocking. Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au for your weekly injection of market analysis....

#17 Supermarkets - friend or foe?
"down, down, prices are down"The Mecardo team discuss supermarkets - are they the farmers friend or foe? Featuring:Robert HerrmannAndrew whitelaw  Olivia Agar  Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....

Market Recap - 25th October 2019
A short summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.  Grain by Andrew Whitelaw (Twitter : WheatWatcher) Livestock by Matt Dalgleish (Twitter : Ballarat_matt) Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market. Do us a favour and share with your friends, family and colleagues. NB. This podcast was recorded in advance on Thursday 24th October....


#16 A visit to the Canberra Bubble
Robert Herrmann took a trip to Canberra as part of 40th celebration of the National Farmers Federation. We have a chat about the trip discussing: What did he think of the event The $100bn plan The new NFF advert 'We are Australian farmers Remember to register for market analysis at mecardo.com.au...

Market Update - 18th October 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team.  Wool by Olivia Agar (Twitter: Olivia_Agar) Grain by Andrew Whitelaw (Twitter : WheatWatcher) Livestock by Matt Dalgleish (Twitter : Ballarat_matt) Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market. Do us a favour and share with your friends, family and colleagues....

#15 Aporkalypse now
"I love the smell of bacon in the morning."  In this podcast Mecardo market analysts Andrew Whitelaw & Matt Dalgleish discuss the African Swine Fever outbreak and the impact that it is having on Australian agricultural markets. Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....


Market Recap - 11th October 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week Andrew Whitelaw and Matt Dalgleish are covering grain and livestock.  Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....

Market Recap - 4th October 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia by the Mecardo team. This week covering wool with Robert Herrmann, livestock with Matt Dalgleish and Grain with Andrew Whitelaw. Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....

#14 A chat with a fake meat advocate
One of the most worrying trends for livestock producers is the push for fake meats. In this interview we talk with one of the fake meat industries main supporters - Thomas King of Food Frontier. Food Frontier have recently released a report in which they believe that the faux meat industry in Australia could be worth A$3bn. As an open minded organisation we thought it was worthwhile having a listen to what they have to say....


Market Recap - 27th September 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. The wheat market has fallen but uncertainty continues. The end of the Grainpro saga. The wool market gets it's mo-jo back Lamb prices crash in Tasmania and WA.  Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....

Market Recap - 20th September 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. Will grain prices rise above last year? How is the live export moratorium impacting upon WA sheep pricing (hint: It's big) How does the rise in the wool market compare to previous rallies? Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....

Market Recap - 13th September 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week we cover livestock with Matt Dalgleish, Grains with Andrew Whitelaw and wool with Olivia Agar. Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....


Market Recap - 6th September 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week Matt Dalgleish and Andrew Whitelaw update on wheat and livestock. The following topics are covered: Corn might meet USDA expectations Opportunity for hedging on ASX? Cattle price forecasts Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....

#13 The fate of the merino
Make Merino Great Again?With droughts, strong demand for sheepmeat and a tough fight for acres, what is the fate of the Merino industry? In this podcast Rob Herrmann asks Andrew Richie from Icon Ag, Charlie De Fegely a western vic sheep producer and Marius Cuming from AWI, what will it take to make Merino great again?Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the agricultural market....

Market Update - 30th August 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week Olivia Agar and Andrew Whitelaw update on wheat and wool. The following topics are covered: BOM outlook WA Crop Drop in demand for wool Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....


Market Update - 23rd August 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week Olivia Agar and Andrew Whitelaw update on cropping and livestock. The following topics are covered: The removal of the South Australian moratorium on genetically modified crops Processor margin update Mutton export values Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the highest quality analysis of the market....

#12 The road to $100bn with Fiona Simson
This week we talk to Fiona Simson about the $100bn roadmap. This roadmap is a plan to move the agricultural industry from $60bn (2016) to $100bn by 2030. We cover: Summary of the plan and its importance to the industry The five pillars of the plan After a couple of years, how well is the plan being adopted? We encourage you to read the NFF 2030, and read the full report (click here) For your FX needs visit our podcast partner 'Western Union Business Solutions'Remember to visit Mecardo.com.au to get the high...

Market Update - 16th August 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week Olivia Agar and Andrew Whitelaw will be cover grains and wool.  Remember to get your full update at http://www.mecardo.com.au...


Market Update - 9th August 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week covering wool, sheep, cattle and grains. Remember to get your full update at http://www.mecardo.com.au...

Market Update - 2nd August 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week covering grain and the NFF $100bn aspiration for the agricultural industry....

#11 Insolvency in the grain game
There are rumours abound of the potential collapse of a small scale NSW based grain trader. The Mecardo team have fielded calls from a number of farmers who are collective owed large sums.  We thought that this makes a perfect time to discuss counterparty risk in the grain trade....


#10 Climate change with Oscar
In this episode we chat with Oscar Pearse aka Oscarthefarmer. We deep dive into agriculture's current issues/policies on biodiversity, natural capital, climate change, clearing laws and sequestration.........



Market Update - 21st June 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week we're talking US female slaughter ratios, the choice between mutton and lamb, ABARES grain forecasts and wool supply....

Market Update - 13th June 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week we're talking US cattle prices, revised low in the sheep flock, cycles in the 21MPG price and the WASDE report....


Market Update - 7th June 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week we cover another month of high female cattle slaughter, sheep offtake and the flock size and low wool volumes....


#7 Post Election discussion & wheat imports
Brett Hosking of Grain Growers (and a Victorian farmer) joins the discussion with Mecardo. In this podcast we chat about some of the policies which Grain Growers would like enacted in the coming Australian parliament. We also have a brief chat about the controversial Canadian wheat import permits.The following topics are discussed: Telecommunications and black spots Crop insurance The importation of whole grain wheat into Australia The innovation generation conference held in Ballarat during July....


#6 Election Special
It's a couple of days out from the election. In this update the team at Mecardo have a chat with one another about the election....

#5 The taste of fake meat and its potential impact
The entire team at Mecardo are on board for this conversation. We do a blind taste test of the beyond meat burger against the real beef burger. We also have a long chat about this product and its potential impact on the livestock industry.This was record as a video, which can also be viewed on the following link :https://bit.ly/2vBl2Lu Our sponsor for this update was Livestock Pricing - the new app for Apple and Android to give transparency of the livestock markets....


Market Update - 26th April 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week we cover: Grain -The situation for the global crop -The continued divergence between global and domestic markets. Cattle -The unsustainable slaughter of female cattle....

Market Update - 18th April 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week we cover:-New crop pricing rising due to weather concerns -The worlds major wheat producers are in good form -Swine fever and its potential impact on Australian meat pricing -Rainfall analysis on the Mecardo website...


#4 Live export - 1 year on from the Awassi Express
Mecardo analysts Andrew Whitelaw & Matt Dalgleish discuss the live export industry one year on from the 60mins footage of the Awassi Express. This is a longer form discussion at 40mins, making it fantastic for commuting or working in the tractor!Discussion includes: Alternative origins for live sheep The economic impact to Western Australian farmers and why Animals Australia were incorrect in their assessment.  Paying for footage Value of live export to the agricultural industry...

Market Update - 12th April 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. This week we cover: The high global wheat stocks and pricing Sheep meat demand into China Crossbred wool values...

Market Update - 5th April 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. In the introduction I mentioned that Matt would cover Cattle. However as a bonus he also provided Sheep.This week we cover grain, cattle, sheep and wool....


#3 An Aussie taking on Africa
We talk to Stuart Barden, an Australian farmer taking on Africa. This short conversation with Stuart was recorded whilst Robert was working on the ACIAR project - 'Farmers without borders'....

Market Update - 29th March 2019
A summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. Cattle: How much money are the meat processors making? Sheep: The lamb trade into the US increases dramatically.  Grain: We look into the evolving situation for canola imports from Canada into China....

Market Update - 22nd March 2019
A concise summary of the agricultural markets in Australia. Wool: What impact does the dry have on wool quality.  Cattle: We put our head on the line and called for the EYCI, why were we right? Sheep: What risks are in place for sheep farmers in Western Australia due to changes to regulations.  Grain: Positive demand for barley from Saudi Arabia. Rain on the way for the north, too much rain for the US. Mid-tier Victorian grain trader Lempriere grain goes into administration....


#2 Agtech - is it all hype?
Mecardo are joined by Dwain Duxson of Farm Tender. In this short conversation (30mins) we discuss the following topics: The buzz/hype around agtech. Innovation in ag from outside, what do these new entrants need to learn? The value of failure in improving your business....

Market Update - 15th March 2019
Our analysts provide a short and sharp update on the main factors at play in their markets.  Wool: In response from a request from a listener we talk about demand for wool.  Livestock: This week we cover both cattle and sheep, and discuss our new model for lamb pricing. Grain: The market has fallen through the past six weeks, however short sellers have closed their positions and prices have jumped dramatically....

Market Update - 8th March 2019
Our analysts provide a short and sharp update on the main factors at play in their markets. Wool: Tightening supply is helping provide a very welcome market for wool producers.  Cattle: How will the floods in northern Queensland impact upon the wider cattle market? Grain: Will China punish Australian barley producers for alleged dumping practices, and what would the retribution be?...


#1 Social Licence in Agriculture
Commodity Conversations is produced by Mecardo, where we provide some insights into the agricultural industry.  In the the inaugural episode we discuss the buzzword of the moment, 'social licence'...