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Student opportunity: BIGG Communications Intern

BIGG is excited to announce that we are now accepting expressions of interest for our 2024-25 Communications Intern – Drought Preparedness placement. This is a fantastic opportunity for students in agriculture, animal, veterinary science, agribusiness, or natural resource management to gain skills and experience while building networks. The intern will be mentored and actively involved […]

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Livestock Strategies Workshop Equips Farmers for the Next 100 Days

The recent ‘Livestock Strategies for the Next 100 Days’ session, hosted by BIGG and led by Pene Keynes from Livestock SA, was an invaluable event for local farmers held on the 27th of June at the Angaston Bowling Club. The workshop featured insightful presentations from industry experts, addressing crucial livestock management strategies for the upcoming

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Pilates program strives to improve community wellbeing

Accessible and beneficial to all ages and most fitness levels pilates can enhance both body and mind health. To assist our rural community facing challenging conditions and situations, especially in times of drought, the Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) has developed the Core Strength: Pilates for rural living program. The program seeks to help spread the word on the benefits of pilates and encourage people to give it a try!

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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

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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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BIGG producers learn best practice sheep containment feeding 

BIGG delivered a workshop in early April to support sheep producers through the decision-making process and implementation of best practice sheep containment feeding systems. Held in Eden Valley, eight businesses attended the workshop facilitated by BIGG Technical Facilitator Deb Scammell. Attendees also benefited from a visit to sheep producer Pete Mitchell’s newly built containment yards

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BIGG Conference looks ahead at changing landscape for livestock producers

Livestock producers, agribusiness and industry supporters from the Barossa and surrounding areas are invited to join together to connect and learn at the Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) Annual Conference on Thursday 8 February 2024 to be held at Lambert Estate, Angaston. This year’s theme Farming Ahead: A Changing Landscape will focus on adapting and

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Water Innovations Farm Tour

On Thursday 8th June, the Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) held an On-farm Water Innovations Field Trip. This free BIGG event welcomed 25 attendees, and showcased various water supply and monitoring strategies that have been implemented on three properties in the Flaxman and Eden Valley districts. These included a desalination plant which has produced optimal water quality for irrigation, an electronic device to monitor tank water

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