In the centre of Queensland, Australia, lies the Central Highlands, one of the state’s key agricultural producers.  When it comes to beef, we are more than you expect.  

The region is a critical and strategic staging point in the northern Australian beef supply chain.  Boasting 1.37 million head of cattle, or 5.5% of the national herd, the Central Highlands are the largest herd size by local government area and produces more than $540 million in value.

Reliable water, state-of-the-art facilities, experienced livestock agents, best-practice systems and connected supply chains mean that the Central Highlands is truly the Beef Powerhouse of Australia.


The Central Highlands boasts:

  • 61 feedlotting facilities
  • Emerald Saleyards complex, with 110,000 head throughput annually worth more $100 million
  • Connectivity to three major export abattoirs within a 300km radius
  • The transformational CQ Inland Port (CQIP), which will begin construction in mid-2018
  • Reliable water via the robust Nogoa-McKenzie water scheme

The region is also serviced by the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX), located 8km west of Rockhampton.  The majority of cattle are transferred to these facilities by road or by weekly rail.


Cattle from the northern regions are typically either sold to live export or relocated to our favourable growing conditions for fattening due to:

  • 4.5 million ha of grazing land available
  • High soil fertility and water holding capacity
  • The region being in the heart of the summer rainfall zones, which provides a range of options in terms of herd genetics and feeding options
  • Availability of native Brigalow and improved pastures

The environment in the Central Highlands supports the production of cattle that are suitable for the high-quality domestic and premium export markets.









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