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The Barossa Improved Grazing Group:

The Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) is a community-driven network of livestock production and farming groups from the Barossa and surrounding areas, including sheep (North Rhine Sheep Group), beef (Mt Pleasant Beef Group), dairy (Barossa Mid-North Dairy Discussion Group) and two (Angaston and Koonunga) local Ag Bureaux.

BIGG is committed to delivering greater productivity and NRM outcomes for its members through the adoption of innovative practice. In recognition of this, in September 2017 BIGG were awarded the 2017 Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award at the SA Landcare Awards, and the 2018 Ag Excellence Alliance grower group award (PIRSA Chief Executive, Scott Ashby presented the award to BIGG Chair, Graham Keynes).

BIGG were also awarded the 2014 Ag Excellence Alliance Sustainability Award by its peers (sponsored by DEWNR), as ‘an outstanding locally based grower group for its achievements in delivering greater NRM outcomes’.

BIGGs vision is to be a trusted and valuable network supporting innovative, sustainable and resilient grazing businesses. BIGG  works in collaboration with a range of state and national stakeholders, industry partners, local businesses and grower groups to cultivate a measurable improvement in Barossa farming communities’ practices through effective delivery of innovative and practical solutions for sustainable grazing systems.

BIGG was established in 2012 and has received funding to support a range of technical and extension projects. Current key projects include:

  • Maximising pasture production in a variable climate (funded by MLA)
  • Soil moisture monitoring in local grazing systems (funded by AMLR and SAMDB NRM Boards)

Projects are hosted by local farmers and events are organised to share the learning opportunities. These are managed by Technical Facilitators Brett Nietschke and Georgie Keynes, and administered by the Angaston Agricultural Bureau with the support and guidance of an Advisory Committee.

With new projects in the pipeline and a membership base of over 300 subscribers (and growing), BIGG aims to extend its reach and impact in the future. To find out more about BIGGs projects and upcoming events and workshops, sign up to our newsletter or contact Rebecca Barr, communication officer, at admin@biggroup.org.au or 0402 788 526.

 

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