The Queensland Government is trying to restore relations between Australia and Indonesia over the live cattle trade.

The state's Agriculture Minister, John McVeigh, will travel to Indonesia on Sunday in a bid to rebuild export levels that dipped after the Federal Government's trade suspension in 2011.

Mr McVeigh says he hopes to turn things around.

"Access to market pressures and that's what it is all about at the end of the day, particularly following on from the live export ban into Indonesia a couple of years ago," he said.

Western Queensland MP Vaughan Johnson says he is hoping for positive outcomes from Mr McVeigh's trade trip.

Mr Johnson, the Member for Gregory, says recent prices of $20-a-head for some cattle at one saleyards are not reflective of the entire market but it does remain depressed and in need of a boost.

"[I] think it was less than 0.01 per cent of the yarding in Longreach that fetched that $20 - that's not an issue at all as far as I am concerned," he said.

"I spoke with an agent [yesterday] afternoon in Charters Towers and he tells me there was a 7 or an 8 per cent increase in the market there."

Mr Johnson also says banks need to take a long-term view of some of the problems plaguing the beef industry across the state.

He says he is hopeful conditions will improve if the live trade can be restored.

"We have to say to the financial institutions 'go a little bit easy until we get this situation under control because it will come good again'," he said.

"To John McVeigh's credit - the State Minister for Agriculture - and the Northern Territory and the Western Australian ministers, they are leading a delegation to Indonesia this Sunday to talk with the Indonesian authorities about reactivating the live cattle export market back into Indonesia," he said.

"I am quietly confident we are going to get some genuine outcome there."


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