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January 2017

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) slaughter figures confirmed that January lamb supply has been tighter than usual. The result has been very strong summer lamb prices, at a time when the market has tracked sideways in recent years.Figure 1 shows east coast lamb slaughter for the week ending the...

Last week we had wool at all-time highs, and the usual response is to look forward to see how much higher it could go. This week the wool market provided a reality check, prices on the opening day (Tuesday) were down 20 to 40 cents compared to the...

Cattle markets have opened 2017 with a bit of a bang, with extraordinary restocker demand, and very good feeder demand driving prices higher. Cattle supply in saleyards has been similar to last year, so it would seem demand is the driver.The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) has rallied back...

The first week of sales for the new year last week opened with a bang, the EMI smashed through 1400 cents, while the WMI reached almost 1500 cents. (WMI has little influence from X Bred prices). This week the good times continued, prompting AWI to announce the wool market...

This week Obama is out, and Trump is officially in. The world will be watching as the new ‘leader of the free world’ takes office, and whether he will still be moving the markets through his twitter account. The market is looking forward to the 2017/18 harvest, and wondering...

Increased demand this week from exporters noted as Chinese buyers resume their activity, undeterred in the face of a higher A$. The EMI creeping back above 1500¢, up 28¢ to 1506¢ and gaining 31US¢ to 1146US¢. The Western markets resumed auctions this week and activity...

A great week for farmers on the grain markets. The speculators whom many like to chastise for being involved in the grain markets, in combination with worsening weather, have helped put a little fire under the wheat market. The futures markets have provided a welcome...

The last week has been quite quiet in the grain markets, with little in the way of new information. The lack of fresh data has had traders clutching at straws. In this week’s comment, we will take a general look at a potential source of...