Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX) formerly known as the “Gracemere Saleyards” commenced operations in January 1953
The saleyard is situated 8 kms west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway leading to the Central Highlands and the Central western centres of Barcaldine, Blackall, Longreach and Winton.
CQLX ranks as one of the major selling centre's in Australia and is regarded as one of the best stud selling facilities in the country.
The facility has undergone a number of improvements in recent years. These include;
- The Gracemere Exhibition Centre;
- 80 new concrete selling pens;
- a new veterinary crush and dip (constructed in concrete with steel cattle rail);
- an undercover small stock selling facility;
- a new double deck unloading facility, two single deck ramps;
- 40 receival yards;
- NLIS scanning facilities;
- a campdrafting arena plus a recently constructed 50x80m undercover arena costing $2m.
As of 1 January 2010 Regional Infrastructure took over the operations and management of the saleyard. Regional Infrastructure are exclusive business partners with Palisade Investments, who through their Regional Infrastructure Fund acquired the business from Rockhampton Regional Council.
The new owners will lease and operate the facility over the next 30 years and invest an additional $10 million in facility upgrades over the next 4 years.
CQLX will continue to play a leading role as a premier marketing venue for livestock throughout central Queensland.
The site will maintain its reputation as a social venue for country people who market their livestock. It will also continue to act as an educational venue for livestock competitions; special cattle breed sales and events.
CQLX will continue to play host to many national and international visitors. Study groups from South East Asian, Pacific Rim countries, South and North America, Europe, South Africa, Japan, China and the subcontinent of India attend the commercial cattle championships held every three years as a major event of the Beef Australia Expos.