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’.


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BIGGs vision is to be a trusted and valuable network supporting innovative, sustainable and resilient grazing businesses. BIGG collaborates with state and national stakeholders, industry partners, local businesses and grower groups to deliver 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.

With new projects in the pipeline and a membership base of over 350 subscribers, BIGG aims to extend its reach and impact in the future. To find out more about BIGGs projects, upcoming events and workshops or sign up to our newsletter refer to our contact page.

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Latest News

BIGG announces Alexi Kentish as Executive Officer

BIGG recently welcomed new Executive Officer Alexi Kentish. Alexi has a strong connection with sustainable land management with an Honours degree in Agricultural Science, six years working with a large fertiliser company and 16 years farming in the south east of South Australia with her husband, Nic. Alexi’s role on the farm was to monitor the […]

2024 AIA-SA Student Compendium: Unlocking New Opportunities for Young People in Barossa

The 2024 Agricultural Institute of Australia – South Australia (AIA-SA) Division’s Student Compendium serves as an inspirational resource for young individuals considering a career in this vital sector. Featuring contributions that reflect the Barossa’s innovative approach to agriculture, the Student Compendium offers young people the potential for career opportunities within the region. The Student Compendium […]

New pasture case study: sown annual vs regenerated perennial

This latest BIGG case study focuses on an in-paddock pasture comparison at Angaston grape and livestock producer Ben Zander’s property. Ben’s 3.5ha paddock was sown in 2012 with a perennial based pasture mix (phalaris, cocksfoot, perennial ryegrass and sub clover) and in May 2023 3.0ha of the same paddock was sown to a basic annual pasture multi-species mix. The paddock was monitored […]

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