The Roma Saleyards were damp underfoot for today’s combined prime and store sale.
Carl Warren, TopX Roma, said buyer numbers were down considerably on last week due to wet weather throughout the district.
“A number of creeks are up around Roma and we have quite a few clients who planned to attend the sale with the intention of buying but couldn’t get here,” he said.
Mr Warren said the rain had reinvigorated the market and next week’s sales would be worth watching.
“There’s been stronger competition today for the prime cattle job and little heifers were dearer also,” he said.
“It’ll be interesting to see what happens next week depending on the numbers we get and whether it rains again before then.”
Roma itself measured 25-millimetres overnight however areas to the north and west collected much higher totals.
David and Kate Gordon, Peronne, Injune, tipped 88mm from the gauge this morning while Judith Symonds had 150mm at Mitchell.
Ms Symonds said the rain fell in a number of heavy sessions.
“It started raining at about 8pm and just bucketed down. We were out in the rain and wind cleaning out gutters,” she said.
John and Kerri Hacker, Summerhope, Muckadilla, had a fall of 78mm overnight while Justin Rodger, Brookfield, Taroom, tallied the same.
Trent Vincent, Hidden Springs, Injune, said good rain at the headwaters of Oakey Creek and the tops of the range ran three feet of silt over the road at the Oakey Creek crossing.
“The rain fell in about an hour and the dispersive nature of the soil at that end of the world tends to move the dirt very easily,” he said.
“I was planning to go in for the Roma sale and I couldn’t get there, but you don’t mind these sorts of strandings.”
Rain was also measured inland from Clermont, Emerald and Springsure with Emerald receiving 18mm and Clermont 24mm.
The rain was more than welcome for Roma and surrounding producers with the hope for another rise in the cattle market in coming weeks.
Full sale report available on Queensland Country Life later today.