FAMILY TIME: Matilda, Michael and Innes Nowlan have been working hard to prepare for the annual weaner sale and were glad to see success with 480 head of cattle sold to new homes.
FAMILY TIME: Matilda, Michael and Innes Nowlan have been working hard to prepare for the annual weaner sale and were glad to see success with 480 head of cattle sold to new homes. Marian Faa

Livestock agents prep to push boundaries in search of cattle

IT HAS not got to the point where Warwick livestock agents have to look further afield for cattle, but the reality might not be too far off according to Killarney's Michael Nowlan.

A decline in numbers of young cattle in the Southern Downs region is making it harder for agents to find beasts to sell and Mr Nowlan said he may have to start looking further north and south to keep our saleyards stocked.

It's not something he has had to do often in the ten years he has been running the annual weaner sale in Warwick.

"In time to come there will be less numbers about due to the weather,” he said.

"We are lucky enough we still have a few locally.”

On Friday, Mr Nowlan yarded 480 local vendor-bred cattle to be sold in the weaner sale.

He said the condition of the animals was good for the current climate, which has forced many to sell their stock earlier than usual.

Looking at the long term affects of the drought, Mr Nowlan said there could be a gap in the market.

"As we go into the year we will be seeing less and less cattle numbers due to the weather and the season will be over a bit quicker,” he said.

"If we get decent rain and the season breaks, numbers will be hard to find because there has been a lot of cattle and younger cattle sold.

"Those ones that should be in the system now, out in paddocks, have gone to sale.”

While the drought has been tough on everyone, Mr Nowlan and his two children have been working hard to help their clients.

Drafting cattle after school and visiting clients is how 13-year-old Matilda loves to spend her free time.