KERRY Walden is one of the lucky ones.
The Mt Larcom grazier is among the Central Queensland property owners who picked up decent rainfall in early January.
Mr Walden was at Friday's CQLX sale at Gracemere hoping to find some good quality heifers to add to his property at Cedarvale.
"We've been understocked for the last two years, so we've got plenty of feed," he said. "I've been lucky, we've had a patch of good rain."
Ngairie Bella travelled from Oben Park in Coppabella for the sales. Her family also owns another property in Banana.
She sold cattle at a sale recently, and had a further two pens in last week.
"It's hard times," she said.
Other buyers and sellers agreed that more rain would help improve local markets.
Joel Dawson, from Brian Dawson Auctions, and Bill Beck, from Savage, Barker & Backhouse, said the market was an improvement on last week's sale, the first one for the year.
"It's been up a bit on last week, and getting better," Joel said.