AUCTIONEERS: Col Ramke and Troy Dennien survey Ron Atkinson's cows and calves which went for $1450 per head at the Murgon cattle saleyards on February 5.
AUCTIONEERS: Col Ramke and Troy Dennien survey Ron Atkinson's cows and calves which went for $1450 per head at the Murgon cattle saleyards on February 5. Jessica McGrath

'We're in trouble': Cattle auctioneer holds out for rain

CATTLE farmers are desperately holding out for rain as signs of the big dry are starting to show at the saleyards.

Pratt Agencies livestock auctioneer Col Ramke said some cattle at the Murgon cattle sales on February 5 were starting to show the effects of the drought.

"If it stays dry we will be getting a lot of cattle coming forward,” he said.

Some of the cattle at the yards were pretty plain and in lower conditions in comparison with other cattle and previous sales.

"We've got to get rain before winter, we've got to get rain before the end of March to grow grass, because if we don't get grass we're in trouble,” Mr Ramke said.

AUCTIONEERS: Col Ramke and Troy Dennien survey Ron Atkinson's cows and calves which went for $1450 per head at the Murgon cattle saleyards on February 5.
AUCTIONEERS: Col Ramke and Troy Dennien survey Ron Atkinson's cows and calves which went for $1450 per head at the Murgon cattle saleyards on February 5. Jessica McGrath

Overall the Murgon cattle sales did well selling 870 head over the whole sale.

"The steers made 280c a kilo, the lead heifers made around 240 cents,” he said.

Proston vendor Ron Atkinson at the Murgon sales sold his cows and calves for $1450 per head.

"It was the dispersal of his herd, his property had been sold,” Mr Ramke said.

It has been a strong start for 2019, with numbers remaining similar to previous sales at the Murgon cattle saleyards.

The export market is also firm in regards to previous sales.