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Indian summer creates flystrike concerns for SA

From: http://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/5105696/indian-summer-creates-flystrike-concerns-for-sa/?cs=4875 By CATHERINE MILLER Sheep producers are being urged to be on high alert for blowfly strikes in their flocks, with warm, humid weather creating ideal conditions. Both Elanco and Coopers Animal Health have reported a jump in sales of preventative products offering three months protection or more against flies. Pro Ag Consulting livestock consultant Colin Trengove…

Working together creates ‘BIGG’ outcomes

From: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/project/working-together-creates-bigg-outcomes/ The Barossa Valley in South Australia is renowned for its food, wine and heritage, which stems from generations of vibrant farming communities learning and working together. The Barossa Improved Grazing Group (BIGG) has applied the same approach to improving on-farm productivity and achieving natural resource management outcomes. With…

BIGG win for Barossa farmers

From: https://www.barossaherald.com.au/story/4931234/bigg-win-for-barossa-farmers/   The Landcare Association of SA Conference and Awards Dinner in Clare last week was a fruitful occasion for Barossa farmers and Landcarers.   The Barossa Improved Grazing Group was one of the lucky winners at Tuesday night’s awards presentation, held at Clare Golf Club. BIGG picked up the…

BIGG wins state landcare award!

The State Landcare Awards were held in Clare on 12th September 2017 where BIGG won the Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award. The award recognises an ‘individual, group or organisation that has demonstrated excellence and leadership in implementing integrated land management practices to a farm property or properties that protect…

Managing the fire recovery process

From: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/project/managing-fire-recovery-process/ An extensive monitoring program, native plant identification, and soil testing has helped producers across Eden Valley, Hutton Vale, and areas near the Barossa Valley in South Australia recover and sustainably manage native grass pastures that are critical within their livestock grazing systems. In 2014, areas of the eastern Mount…

State Resilient Australia Awards

In December 2016 BIGG/Angaston Ag Bureau received a Highly Commended Award for our Eden Valley bushfire recovery and resilience program. The program assisted producers to optimise the re-building of native pasture and livestock in the wake of the fire. The State Resilient Australia Awards recognise initiatives that improve community safety and resilience, and empower…

Demonstrating watercourse rehabilitation with native plant communities

From: http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/files/sharedassets/adelaide_and_mt_lofty_ranges/newsletters/2016-winter-small-talk-nwl.pdf   Rehabilitating a watercourse improves water quality, reduces erosion, provides habitat for birds and improves on-farm production. However, which are the best plant communities to do the job?   With the support of the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and 25th Anniversary Landcare Australia Grant Scheme funding,…

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