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

New Case study: Productive multi-species pasture at Marananga

Matt Neldner aims to continually improve the productivity of his feedbase at his Marananga property. After attending a BIGG Soil Health Workshop in 2021, Matt learnt about the benefits of growing and grazing multi-species pastures inspiring him to compare two different pasture types in the one paddock: In 2021 Matt sowed half a paddock to a multi-species pasture and the other […]

BIGG 24 Conference, Farming Ahead: A Changing Landscape
BIGG 2024 conference presents insights and strategies for adapting to changing livestock landscape

Over 95 livestock producers, agriculture students, agribusiness and industry supporters joined together at the Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) Annual Conference. Held at Lambert Estate (Angaston) on Thursday 8 February 2024, the conference was facilitated by Janie Evans, BIGG Technical Officer. Seven presenters spoke on topics in response to this year’s theme ‘Farming Ahead: A […]

BIGG 24 Conference youth attendees
BIGG 2024 conference engages young people in Ag – we’re in good hands!

On receiving SA Sheep Industry Fund (SIF) sponsored tickets, fifteen local students and early career professionals attended the BIGG 2024 Annual Conference  ‘Farming ahead: a changing landscape’ on Thursday 8 February at Lambert Estate, Angaston. Senior High school students from years 11 and 12 came from local farms or were new to agriculture, with some […]

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