BIGG Fleurieu Bus Trip

BIGG Fleurieu Bus Trip

The combined BIGG and Mid North High Rainfall Zone Bus trip to the Fleurieu occurred on the 18th March with 14 participants heading down to visit three different innovative properties in the Sellicks Hill/ Myponga area.

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The BIGG/Coopers Farm Supplies Spring Pasture walk, observing how different varieties respond to our local environment.

BIGG Annual Report 2021

BIGG has released it’s annual report for 2021. The report gives an overview of the current projects which include the two new projects, one investigating on-farm water security and the other developing skills to improve climate resilience on local farming systems. These complement the other projects which BIGG has been running including the Containment Ewe Project, Pasture Walks and the Livestock Technology Group.

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The Barossa Improved Grazing Group celebrated the second year as an Incorporated Body at it’s AGM on Thursday 21st October at Wanera Wine Bar in Angaston.

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Soil Health and Grazing Workshop, June 2021- Dr Christine Jones demonstrating the liquid carbon pathway with roots in a sown annual pasture

Soil & Health Grazing Workshop

The Barossa Improved Grazing Group were excited to host internationally renowned soil ecologist Dr Christine Jones during her recent tour of South Australia. Christine presented to over 45 people at the Soil Health and Grazing Workshop held on the 1st of June at Stockwell.

Her presentation encouraged participants, who included graziers, croppers and vignerons to restore their soil by improving soil function using the liquid carbon pathway which centers around photosynthesis and the relationship with plant roots and microbes.

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The BIGG Autumn Pasture Walk 2021- Craig Altmann (AGF Seeds), Anthony Steinert, Craig John (Coopers Mt PLeasant), Aston Barr (Barenbrug) and Georgie K

Two years of feed in three months

Earlier in the month (April 8) BIGG held an Autumn Pasture Walk, with attendees visiting out of season forage crops and also a centre pivot.

First stop of the pasture walk was John Tuesners at Keyneton, where last September John sowed a paddock of forage brassica (Leafmore). Between December-March, approximately 4.0t dry matter/ha was grown, which provided three separate grazings for his ewes and lambs. Even given the cost to establish the brassica, this level of production compares very favourably to feeding out a similar quality feed source such as vetch hay.

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