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

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




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






Talking Wool with Andrew Woods - 9th April 2021

The wool market may be on recess but that hasn't stopped us from thinking about the big questions. This week, Mecardo's wool analyst, Andrew Woods, Director of Independent Commodity Services, joins us to chat about wool price drivers, the flock rebuild and the market outlook for the rest of 2021. We hope you enjoy the episode.


Easter Weekend Market Wrap - 1st April 2021

These short week in the lead up to the Easter weekend we have managing director of Mecardo - Robert Herrmann and Manager of Business Development at Mecardo - Olivia Agar - in to chat about the recent rain and it's impact on the sheep, cattle and grain markets as well some insights into what is happening in international markets and they're potential to influence our local market. From the team at Mecardo, we would also like to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter weekend and we will back...


Uruguayan wool special- 26th March 2021

Uruguay may only have 6.7 million sheep, but In a time of low Merino supply, there is a good argument to see other regions of production as allies. This week we have Roberto Cardellino Director of Delta Agri Consultants in Uruguay chatting to Robert Herrmann about sheep and wool production & processing in Uruguay, consumer trends and future prospects for the broader wool market.


Market recap - 19th March 2021

This week resident Mecardo Analyst, Adrian Ladaniwsky gives his insights into the latest moves in the cattle and grain markets with a brief wrap of the wool market from fellow colleague David Myers. We hope you enjoy this week's episode of Commodity Conversations.


Tracking livestock trends - 12th March 2021

This week on Commodity Conversations, Manager of Business Development at Mecardo has a chat with Mecardo's resident analyst Angus Brown about the latest moves and trends in the cattle and sheep markets. This week's episode has a look at cattle on feed numbers and how they are tracking against previous years.


Market recap - 5th March 2021

This week on Commodity Conversations we have the team from Mecardo giving their insights and updates on what has been happening in the cattle, sheep and wool markets.


Hefty prices on the road to rebuild - 26th February 2021

With the cattle herd on the edge of an official herd rebuild and the sheep flock well on its way, tight supply isn’t about to wane anytime soon. This week Mecardo’s senior analyst Adrian Ladaniwskyj and Olivia Agar chat about how livestock prices are holding up during this time, and what drivers are currently at play.


Keeping positive - Mark Symes and the state of the wool industry - 19th February 2021

Tune into to Commodity Conversations latest episode. Director of Mecardo, Robert Herrmann, has a chat with Mark Symes, Southern Regional Wool Manager for G. Schneider Australia where they take stock of where the market has ended up after the last turbulent 12 months and where it may head in the next 12.


Carbon neutral red meat - playing our part in emission targets 12th February 2021

Emissions targets have been heavily debated this week, and it’s sparked discussion across the agriculture industry. This week we have David Cornish from Marcus Oldham Agricultural college joining Olivia Agar to chat about the red meat industries carbon neutral 2030 target. David helps break down the discussion and also analyses the issues from key stake holders perspectives, from producers, industry groups, consumers and politicians. As always David is realistic about the current practical...


Tightening stocks, rampant buying and wheat along for the ride - 5th February 2021

With a bumper harvest comes local price pressure, but overseas markets are abuzz and our growers are now reaping in good harvest and good prices. Nick Booth joins us this week to talk about the current market drivers - tight supplies, government interference and rampant buying activity by China.


Grass fever rolls on - 29th January 2021

On today's show we have Adam Mountjoy, southern region livestock manager for Nutrien in to talk with Robert Herrmann, director of Mercardo, about the bouyant market we find ourselves in at present. All our main commodity markets seem to be going strong at the moment, so we thought it would be good to get Adam in to hear what's been happening at the saleyards. Tune in to hear what it's been like on the ground for this week's episode with Adam and Rob.


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