The Barossa Improved Grazing Group
The Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) is a community-driven livestock and farming network that has its origins from five existing local producer groups; Angaston Ag Bureau, Koonunga Ag Bureau, Mt Pleasant Beef Group, North Rhine Sheep Group and the Barossa Mid North Dairy Discussion Group.
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.
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 receives funding to deliver a range of technical and extension projects. Projects are hosted by local farmers and events are conducted to communicate project results. Projects are managed by Technical Facilitators, Brett Nietschke, Georgie Keynes, Deb Scammell and Janie Evans, under the guidance of our Board.
BIGG is seeking expressions of interest from students of either agriculture, animal, veterinary science, agribusiness or natural resource management for the 2024 BIGG Communications Intern – Drought Preparedness. The Communications Intern will be mentored and actively involved in the delivery of BIGG’s communications activities including events (specifically the Annual Conference: 8 February 2024), website, social …
With a focus on getting the most out of genetics and nutrition 20 beef producers participated in Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) BredWell FedWell interactive workshop on 17 November. Producers travelled from across the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Yorke Peninsulas to attend the workshop at Bottlesford Murray Greys, Tungkillo.
BIGG producers, stakeholders and supporters joined at Wanera Wine Bar in Angaston on 26th October to attend the BIGG AGM and annual celebration. Four new board members were welcomed to the BIGG board including Julian Maul (Vice Chair), Leon Deans, Laura Baker and Adam Burford joining existing board members Pete Mitchell (Chair), Vic Patrick, Sarah …