Plenty of action at the bi-annual weaner sales at South Burnett Livestock Exchange.
Plenty of action at the bi-annual weaner sales at South Burnett Livestock Exchange. Matt Collins

WATCH: 'Very tough day' for Burnett cattle sales

ACCORDING to local livestock agents, ongoing lack of rain is proving costly to our cattle sales.

Pratt Agencies owner, Paul Pratt said these are some of the worst conditions he had seen, and unfortunately, there wasn't too much that could be done about it.

"It's purely the season," he said.

"It just needs to rain."

"A lot of these fellas just haven't got the feed," he said.

"And that's having a big impact on the market and prices."

Mr Pratt's comments come after the bi-annual weaner sales held at South Burnett Livestock Exchange in Murgon on Friday June 21.

"It was a very, very tough day," he said.

Close to 1400 weaners were put to auction on the day.

Cattle farmers travelled from all over the region and beyond to take a look and bid on the young cattle.

"The idea of putting them together is to get outside competition," Mr Pratt said.

"One guy bought 300 on the day."

The weaner sales have been running for 15 years, and Mr Pratt said these are some of the toughest times he had ever seen.

"It's just not here, it's everywhere," he said.

The livestock agent said farmers are caught between a rock and a hard place as they had to sell the cattle to wean them off their mothers.

"There comes the time when they have to wean them onto yard," he said.

"Some fellas hang on to heifers a bit longer to see if the market picks up."

Check out all the photos from the weaner sale in the photo gallery below.