Working in proximity of the Beef capital of Australia in
Central Queensland, a Cat® compact track loader equipped with a Cat mulcher has
been tasked with the job of clearing high volumes of lantana that has gotten
out of control in recent times.
Located on the Iwasaki Corporation land on the Capricorn
Coast, the Cat 279C has been uncovering mass areas and achieving great results.
The project involves the clearing of 3,000 hectares of bush and scrub land for
cattle grazing. With a mix of Wagyu, Brangus and cross of Wagyu and Brangus,
the loader has been putting in a huge effort to clear the grazing land for an
increasing head of cattle.
Heading up the grazing division for the Iwasaki Sangyo
Company (Aust), Aiko Koyama, Wagyu Project Manager, said they would currently
have over 1,000 cows and the numbers are continuously growing as they are
calving. Around 200 of the cattle would be pure Wagyu but there are plans in
the future to change this so they are the majority.
Bruce Westcott, Property Manager, said, “The Cat 279C is
good for narrow areas. It is able to work quickly and get into tight areas
without knocking down trees which is good for the cows as the trees offer a
On the job for almost eight months, there have been many
elements to contend with. The weather, the terrain, not to mention old fences
that cannot be seen amongst the lantana but caution has been taken to preserve
While the mulcher may not be the most conventional method to
clear the land lantana, it is the preferred method as it is non-invasive to the
“We can’t disturb the land,” Bruce said.
“Restricted by local laws, mulching the lantana is the
advised method to clear the land and has been working for us.
Once we have finished mulching, we run through with a stick
rake to remove the stump and root system.”
As it stands, approximately one third of the land has been
cleared. The Cat 279C and HM315 mulcher works seven to eight hours a day, five
days a week, and has given the grazing team greater access to their cattle and
“We have been making the most of the dry weather and are
getting stuck into the land that is usually wet. Once the rains come, we will
move and work in a different paddock.”
Selling the machine and work tool was Hastings Deering Sales
Representative Wayne Partridge. “The 279C is a versatile machine achieving
impressive results. Purchased for a specific purpose, it can also be used in
other farming applications by replacing the mulcher with a bucket or pallet
forks that it was also delivered with.”
Bruce added: “The use of the Cat 276C on our land has
allowed us to see mass area and herd the cattle more efficiently.
Certain areas were unusable but now, all cleared, the cows
will walk through it. The weather and the mulch matter have also allowed for
new grass to grow through and given us the opportunity to grow our herd.”
“These little machines are amazing.”
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