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August 2018

The wool market opened after the winter recess with what appeared early to be a negative sentiment on the back of an increased offering. This didn’t last long, as by the end of the week buyers were keen to purchase and pushed the market above...

The little rally for the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) is well and truly over. The dry weather concerns have taken over and are seeing the downtrend resume. Interestingly, yardings were also very low, which means demand is likely the issue.After holding on at around...

Price volatility, market uncertainty and climate variability across regions can play havoc with the normal seasonal spread behaviour between categories of sheep and lamb. With the Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator (ESTLI) coming off record highs, the ongoing live sheep export issues facing WA producers...

An unfriendly rainfall forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for August has seen a lift in cattle numbers at the sale yard. Most notably, NSW and Queensland have seen cattle prices hit the skids again this week. The BOM are forecasting incredibly low chances...

In our lamb analysis this week we have looked at the demand-based reasons as to why the Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator (ESTLI) has been on the improve since the 2000’s. Given the market recess for wool, we thought a demand and supply retrospective would...

In last week’s piece on deflated lamb prices, we mentioned that the underlying reason behind the increased lamb prices we have seen since 2000 has been increasing demand. This analysis highlights the lamb demand curve and shows why prices have risen despite increasing levels of...