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State Resilient Australia Awards

In December 2016 BIGG/Angaston Ag Bureau received a Highly Commended Award for our Eden Valley bushfire recovery and resilience program. The program assisted producers to optimise the re-building of native pasture and livestock in the wake of the fire. The State Resilient Australia Awards recognise initiatives that improve community safety and resilience, and empower…

Demonstrating watercourse rehabilitation with native plant communities

From: http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/files/sharedassets/adelaide_and_mt_lofty_ranges/newsletters/2016-winter-small-talk-nwl.pdf   Rehabilitating a watercourse improves water quality, reduces erosion, provides habitat for birds and improves on-farm production. However, which are the best plant communities to do the job?   With the support of the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and 25th Anniversary Landcare Australia Grant Scheme funding,…

Measure moisture for better pasture management

From: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/project/measure-moisture-for-better-pasture-management/   Measuring subsoil moisture levels can take the guesswork out of planning future stocking rates, a new study by the Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) suggests.   The study, funded by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, analysed…

Maximising pasture production

Producers will be able to maximise their pasture production in a variable climate following the results of an exciting new project from the Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG). Funded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and a collaboration between BIGG and Barossa businesses Coopers of Mount Pleasant and Farmer Johns,…

Revegetation spotlight at AgTastic conference

From: https://www.barossaherald.com.au/story/3969481/revegetation-spotlight-at-agtastic-conference/ Farmers from the Barossa and surrounding districts have seen for themselves the benefits of revegetation at the 2016 AgTastic conference. The Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) teamed up with Barossa Young People in Ag to host the third annual AgTastic conference last Thursday at Springton, with the theme Managing…

Flexibility imperative in successful sheep system

From: http://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/3882303/flexibility-imperative-in-successful-sheep-system/   by QUINTON MCCALLUM   THE importance of flexibility in sheep system during varying seasons was underlined by grazing and pastoral consultant Tim Prance during a Barossa Improved Grazing Group workshop at Keyneton last week. The workshop took participants through the importance of being prepared for climatic variability and its potential impact on business, putting…

Better bull selection comes down to herd, market

From: http://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/3734819/top-traits-help-boost-bull-selection/?src=rss&utm_source=Stock+Journal+Newsletters&utm_campaign=cdff9a1aea-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fb4f124c2c-cdff9a1aea-114553741   by ELIZABETH ANDERSON   THERE is no perfect bull, just the right bull, according to cattle breeder and University of Adelaide agricultural lecturer Darren Koopman, Tungkillo.   “There are so many decisions to make, so you need to ask ‘what’s the best bull for your job?’,” he said.  …

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