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  1. Barossa Improved Grazing Group From Little Things BIGG Things Grow Georgina Keynes, Facilitator

  2. Barossa Improved Grazing Group Local Grower Groups Angaston Ag Bureau Koonunga Ag Bureau North Rhine Sheep Group Mt Pleasant Beef Group Barossa Mid-Nth Dairy Discussion Group

  3. Barossa Improved Grazing Group BIGG Beginnings… Winter Pasture NRM Project 2012/13 Look over your neighbours fence- learn from each other Pasture Measurement Use different pasture species to provide opportunities Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges

  4. Barossa Improved Grazing Group What Do We Do?? Improve local farming practices through innovative and practical solutions for sustainable grazing systems Funding Opportunities Since 2012, funding to support 13 individual projects ($370k)

  5. Barossa Improved Grazing Group Temporary Electric Fence RAPPA Project 2012/13 Rotational grazing improves pasture utilisation and ground cover Having a flexible system helps manage through variable climate Caring for Our Country

  6. Barossa Improved Grazing Group • Weather stations established in 3 local pasture paddocks • Significant differences in PAW between paddocks • Decision making tool Soil Moisture Monitoring 2013/14 Caring for Our Country

  7. Barossa Improved Grazing Group 2014 PAW rate of use – saturation to depletion! Caring for Our Country

  8. Barossa Improved Grazing Group • Survey of Barossa Grape & Wine Association growers • Production and NRM benefits • Potential for greater uptake • Win:win for graziers and vignerons Grazing in Vineyards 2014/15 Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges

  9. Barossa Improved Grazing Group • 2014 survey confirmed the presence of root diseases • Small plot field trials being conducted – management strategies Sub Clover Root Disease 2014/17 Meat and Livestock Australia

  10. Barossa Improved Grazing Group Recovery of Native Pastures after Fires 2014/15 Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges/ SA Murray Darling Basin

  11. Barossa Improved Grazing Group • After 2 yrs 90% grasses recovered, producing 3x less kg DM/ha • Feed quality improved • Short term- native grass cover reduced • Longer term- grasses recover and leaf litter returns supressing broadlead weeds Recovery of Native Pastures after Fire 2014/15 Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges/ SA Murray Darling Basin

  12. Barossa Improved Grazing Group • Opportunity for fencing to landclass • Revegetation occurring Recovery of Native Pastures after Fire 2014/15 Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges/ SA Murray Darling Basin

  13. Barossa Improved Grazing Group Watercourse Rehabilitation 2015/16 25th Anniversary Landcare Grant/ Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges

  14. Barossa Improved Grazing Group BIGG Future…. Connecting Communities and the next generation AW Howard Scholarship

  15. Barossa Improved Grazing Group Further Information www.biggroup.org.au Newsletter and Fact Sheets Website Case Studies Videos

  16. Barossa Improved Grazing Group AWARDS “2014 Ag Excellence Alliance / Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) Sustainability Award”(by peers) “2013 Westpac Agribusiness Innovative Young Landcare Leader Award” www.biggroup.org.au