Realising benefits of eIDs

Are you wanting to trace productivity in your breeding ewes or make better informed decisions when selecting rams? Wanting to manage sheep on feed but unsure how to group them into management lots? Are you interested in using your time in the yards more efficiently while reducing labour requirement? Or do you have other ideas […]

Available Pain Relief Options for your Mulesing Practices

You’re all now aware that from the 1st of July in Victoria it will be an offence to mules sheep without using pain relief.  But what is available, how do they work and what provides the best pain relief? From 1st of July you must use a pain relief product registered by the APVMA for […]

BCG Addresses Poor Connectivity On-Farm in New Project

L-R: John Lucas and Dan Winston (Zetify), Rachel Ferrier, Sammy & John Mitchel, Andrew, Joel, Trent and Denita Donnan standing in front of Andrew’s Landcrusier with the Zetify rover mounted on the roof. Many growers and rural businesses continue to experience issues with mobile and internet connectivity that would be considered substandard and unacceptable in […]

Checking in on N Fixation in Pulses

Nitrogen (N) fixed by rhizobia has a huge benefit in the rotation for subsequent crops. So inoculating pulses correctly and ensuring adequate nodulation occurs can be very important. Factors that can affect rhizobia survival and consequently how well the inoculating process worked are typically environmental stresses such as heat, toxic chemicals and acidic conditions.   In the North Central region of Victoria pulses […]

Resisting Resistance – Making sure insecticides continue to do their job

We’ve seen it with herbicides and it’s happening with insecticides too. Resistance development. The trouble with insecticides is, it’s harder to pick up and our alternative chemical options are very limited. Globally, there are more than 580 documented cases of invertebrate pests evolving resistance to one or more of 325 unique chemicals. Closer to home, […]

BCG Industry Day Wrap

On Wednesday 22 July BCG held what is likely to be their biggest growing-season event for 2020, the BCG Industry Crop Walk at Whirily. 55 agronomists, advisors and agricultural industry representatives registered and attend the annual crop walk to view the trials undertaken by BCG for industry partners alongside some BCG member-funded projects. “It’s not […]

A Word From the CEO – Optimism

Despite a relatively dry June across the region, the Bureau of Meteorology’s ENSOOutlook shift to a La Nina WATCH has everyone feeling cautiously optimistic for the remainder of the season. The BCG research program in 2020 has increased to almost 10,000 plots across 24 locations and 35 paddocks being sown. This highlights an increased effort […]

Oaten Hay for Export

Approximately one third of all Australian commercial scale farms across Australia produce hay each year. Export quality oaten hay demands a price premium but achieving quality standards set by hay buyers along with optimal yields can be tricky. BCG is currently running its second of three years of trial work as part of the National […]


The original GAPP program ran between 2015 and 2017 with the aim of increasing on-farm production and profitability, particularly among young farmers. The program brought in a range of agricultural professionals to present at discussion group meetings and crop walks over the course of the project. In the years since the project ended, we have […]

Realising benefits from sheep eIDs

Have you got ideas on how to use sheep electronic ear tags or eIDs, but haven’t tried it yet? Do you want to reduce labour and time in the yards? Want to identify high or poor performing animals? Or just want to use your data to make better informed management decisions? If so, this project is for […]

Farmer in Focus – Luke Batters, St Arnaud

This month BCG caught up with St Arnaud Farmer, Luke Batters. After starting a career as an agronomist, before becoming a barista in Bright for several years, Luke has returned to the family farm where the innovative spirit he has inherited from his father Barry has been the driving force behind his passion to test […]

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