Using accurate data to minimise your risk in the grain market

Who we are

Using accurate research and market analysis, we take the complexity and noise out of the grain market.  We tailor our grain marketing advice to your personal requirements, setting reasonable personal targets to increase profitability but also reduce risk. Opinions are great, but we use the data!

Who you are

We adapt our grain marketing services to meet your needs within the grain industry. Whether you are a corporate business looking to improve business strategies, a farmer who grows grain or dairy farmer looking to lower your outgoing costs, we have a solution for you. Through market analysis we aim to reduce cost, reduce risk and thus improve your margins.


About Lachstock

Minimise your risk whilst maximising your return

Lachstock was founded in 2007 a result of the deregulation of the grain market. The grain market experienced changes to procurement, distribution, product release and an increase in grain price volatility. With more participants and products hitting the market the buying and selling of grain became a complex process.

Lachstock uses analytical research rather than a salesperson with a silver tongue. Taking the complexity and noise out of the market whilst tailoring our advice to your personal requirements. We analyse the prior data and set reasonable personal targets to increase profitability but also reduce risk.

Lachstock Consulting holds an AFSL #320 562 to provide advice to wholesale clients on derivatives and foreign exchange.

Lachstock provides services to both corporate clients and farmers. Tailoring our solutions to your needs.


Example Barley Supply & Demand Report


13th December  2019


Harvest results have proven very impressive across most of WA and Victoria (what has been cut so far). Indeed, all time record yields are coming off in some parts of the Wimmera where the timing of weather proved nearly ideal for barley. We’ve pushed up yields by an average of ~6% in WA, 18% in SA (mostly in eastern and southern regions), and nearly 25% in VIC. Some of the more southern parts of VIC and SA (into the WD, SE, etc) are still a few weeks away from harvest (recent weather has not helped push maturity), but we’re looking for some similarly positive yields there. In total that takes Australian barley production to 9.4 MMT (3.6 WA, 2.2 SA, 3.0 VIC, 0.5 NSW).

With the bigger crops coming off, feed spreads have been pushed hard across the east coast and incentivized switching across central/southern NSW (and to the north and QLD with transhipment barley). Part of this has been against sorghum (which has blown out of the money for feeding with the upcoming crop failure), but spreads against wheat are also working to push barley into those rations. Spreads are still not as wide into parts of Victoria where harvest is not as far along, but these are also starting to move.

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