The Beef Capital of Australia  

Rockhampton’s livestock production is dominated by beef cattle, currently numbering 3.2 million head in the Greater Rockhampton Region. The climate and geology of the Fitzroy Region, dominated by the Fitzroy River, provides expansive pastoral and agricultural land, supported by easy access to road, rail, sea and airfreight networks, and strong service hubs in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald.

Rockhampton is home to two major meat processing facilities, and as a result of increasing demand for Australian beef, our Region is actively seeking investment in more cattle feedlots and a boutique cattle abattoir. The Rockhampton Cattle Industry - Feedlots, Boutique Abattoirs & Export brochure(PDF, 21MB) details opportunities for growth.


The industry is supported by experienced labour and access to veterinarians, expert researchers and advisors. CQUniversity’s Institute for Future Farming Systems is a global leader in delivering practical solutions which are bolstering the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the livestock and horticulture sectors. In particular, it is internationally recognised for its specialist skills in the development of non-invasive, precision management tools, with its research in this area independently assessed as above world class.

Beef Week

Australia’s national beef expo is one of the world’s great beef cattle events, held once every three years in Rockhampton. Beef Australia 2021, from May 2 to 8, celebrates all facets of the Australian beef industry. It will facilitate new trade and export opportunities by exposing the local supply chain to international industry leaders and feature more than 5000 cattle from over 30 breeds. The accompanying major trade fair will promote more than 500 businesses and the entire region is involved in actively promoting the Australian beef industry in multiple events and venues.