Thinking BiGG – Biodiversity in Grain & Graze

Grain & Graze - Corporations: Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and Land & Water Australia (LWA)

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Farm Table says:

An interesting look at 17 case studies from across Australia covering various methods of sustainability in grain and grazing production and how they can help farmers take on more sustainable farming practices in the future to protect biodiversity.  

This article and case studies look at biodiversity in grain & grazing production and how on farm practices can become more sustainable across various regions of Australia.

Key points were as follows:

  • Biodiversity in Grain & Graze (BiGG) is a project combining farmers and researchers that look at the relationship between on farm practices and diversity.
  • The BiGG farmers used in these case studies worked alongside researchers to help them achieve a better understanding of the data captured and how it can be further analysed.
  • The case studies included in this document are as follows:
  1. BiGG is a bright spot in the midst of drought (Western Australia)
  2. Sustainability is important for managers – not just owners (south-west Queensland)
  3. Predatory insects and ‘farm-stayers’ are money in the bank (Victoria)
  4. Healthy soils, healthy lives (New South Wales)
  5. Student farmers collect award for sustainable farming (South Australia)
  6. Staying true to their natures (South Australia)
  7. Losing the view, but gaining the birds (Western Australia)
  8. Passing on the benefits to the next farmer (Victoria)
  9. Passing down a passion for the land (Queensland)
  10. Mimicking nature with pasture and ‘no-kill’ cropping (New South Wales)
  11. Thanks to a pioneer who had foresight (Queensland)
  12. Looking up by looking down (Western Australia)
  13. Building diversity from the soil up (New South Wales)
  14. The grass comes first (Queensland)
  15. Being roped-in to trials had a positive impact (New South Wales)
  16. A family tradition of nurturing country (New South Wales)
  17. Letting the grass – and the microbes – grow under their feet (Western Australia)
2008 - Australia - Grain & Graze - Corporations: Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and Land & Water Australia (LWA)
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