In 2012 BIGG received a grant ‘Grazing system demonstration for improved NRM outcomes in Barossa Ranges’.
The project was funded through a Caring for Our Country Community Action Grant. Its aim was to demonstrate that with the use of modern temporary electric fence systems (The RAPPA) there is cost benefit to increase grazing density and provide longer rest periods for the pasture to recover and produce more pasture, more diversity in pasture species, and better animal production.
This was trialled at seven demonstration sites on local properties throughout 2012 and 2013, with varying pasture varieties, pasture systems and livestock. The outcome of these demonstrations are documented in the following case studies:
Improving the Flexibility of the Grazing System– Greg Koch, Moculta
Lifting the Stocking Rate Using Strip Grazing– Joe Keynes, Keyneton
Making the Most of Early Feed Barley– Glen and Tracy Becker, Koonunga
Simple Four Paddock Rotation– Joe Keynes, Keyneton
Smaller Paddocks Increase Stocking Density– Graham Keynes, Moculta
Summer Pasture Trial– Jen Light, Eden Valley
Temporary Fencing Facilitates Decision Making– Greg Koch, Moculta