Mallee harvester 


The Future Farm Industries CRC worked with Biosystems Engineering to develop a prototype mallee harvester. Developing a mallee harvester, capable of continuous harvesting, was recognised as essential to an integrated supply chain, from mallees growing on-farm, through harvesting, to bioenergy production.

The initial target was to build a prototype harvester capable of harvesting at least 20 tonnes per hour for at least an hour. In its final trials near Casino, New South Wales, The prototype mallee harvester surpassed this and harvested trees at a rate of 38 tonnes per hour for over an hour.
The prototype mallee harvester and associated Intellectual Property were sold to Biosystems Engineering.

The mallee harvester project was made possible by support from the FFI CRC and the Western Australian Government’s Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund.

Watch the mallee harvester in action:

See the view from the mallee harvester cab.

The view from the ground


Rick Giles, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife
John Bartle, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife


Further Information


Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.

This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.

Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.

The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.