About Emeritus Professor John Chudleigh


Emeritus Professor John W. Chudleigh

John Chudleigh


John Chudleigh has been writing and commenting on trends in agricultural commodities and management systems for over 30 years. 


He is widely recognised in Australia as a guest speaker at many farm and agricultural management conferences and seminars



John retired as Principal of Orange Agricultural College (now the Faculty of Rural Management, The University of Sydney, Orange) in early 2000. In his academic career he specialised in farm management, farm finance, marketing, agricultural commerce and on developing international relationships designed to help student understanding of international trade. He was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the Senate of the University of Sydney in 2001.



John is particularly well regarded for his analytical newsletter Analysing Agriculture which has been in production monthly since 1989 and which has a following of top farm managers and agricultural consultants throughout the world. In addition he is well regarded for his writings and comments on agricultural trends.


John is a regular speaker at rural and regional conferences with an emphasis on world trade in agriculture and agribusiness and in the adjustment processes occurring as world markets develop. John was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2000 by the Commonwealth Government for his past services to agriculture and regional development.


In addition to these roles, John is highly regarded in Australia's Federal Government circles. In 1999 John was appointed by the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services to Chair the Steering Committee following the Regional Australia Summit. John was the Chairman of the  Australian Federal Government's Regional Solutions Programme Advisory Committee for 3 years and was previously a member of that Government's Rural Finance Task Force.


John has a family farm on the Central Tablelands of New South Wales on which he and his family are involved in cattle production.  All the photos on this site were taken on John's property.


He is Chairman of OFI Management Pty Ltd, which trades as Analysing Agriculture, and is the author of many of their analyses as well as the monthly newsletter.


John commenced producing the newsletter Analysing Agriculture after spending 12 years as a Farm Management Consultant (prior to becoming an academic) and realising that there was a lack of well researched analytical material available for the various agricultural industries. His writings are thus directed at providing more than just data in that they include his analyses, his opinions based on a lifetime of experience and some common sense suggestions.