BIGG win for Barossa farmers

Sustainable: Barossa Improved Grazing Group's Brett Nietschke accepted the award in Clare last Tuesday.

Sustainable: Barossa Improved Grazing Group's Brett Nietschke accepted the award in Clare last Tuesday.

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 gong in the Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices Award after being selected as one of three finalists.

In its five-year history, BIGG has engaged with over 400 producers from beef, sheep and dairy industrues, and delivered 17 projects in collaboration with stakeholders.

It has implemented on-farm integrated land management practices across 50,000ha of grazing land, with a total of 60,000 head of livestock, in the Barossa Valley and Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges.

BIGG facilitator Brett Nietschke was on hand to accept the award.

Barossa Grape and Wine Association was a finalist in the Premier’s NRM Excellence Award.