BCG Farm Tours was developed to showcase farming in the Buloke Shire.
With wide open spaces, diverse landscapes and resilient, vibrant communities, visitors will leave with a sense of the uniqueness of the region, life as a Mallee farmer and the desire to linger longer.
BCG Buloke Farm Tours is for anyone keen to step through the farm gate, sit down with a Mallee farmer and learn more about what it takes to produce food and fibre.
Birchip is a rural service town with a population of approximately 700 people. It sits at the southern end of the Mallee in Western Victoria, just over 300 km from Melbourne. Our distance from larger regional centres is our strength. We are a resilient, self-reliant and vibrant community with plenty going on.
The development and subsequent growth of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), over 30 years, is a great example of this. The organisation is now a leader in farmer-driven, agronomic research and a major employer in town. It represents the interests of farmers who not only produce large volumes of grain to feed the world but also manage several intensive livestock industries and are at the forefront of driving local and innovative research.
And now, BCG wants to share this farming experience with you.
Visitors will meet at BCG for an introduction to the organisation and an overview of farming in the region. They will then be taken on a personal tour with a BCG staff member, Kelly Angel or Louisa Ferrier, to a property to meet a Mallee farmer and see local farming systems in action.
The 3 hour tour concludes with a ‘Paddock to Plate’ lunch in a farm setting. Using locally produced products, participants will enjoy a meal based on a menu developed by renown restaurateur, and BCG Board member, Stefano de Pieri.
Ian McClelland and John and Robyn Ferrier are founding members of BCG and are experienced hosts who will provide an overview of life on the farm so participants can:
Our farmer hosts are also able to speak to other aspects of Mallee life. They are heavily involved in the community, are committed to sustainable land management practices and have overseen the farm management transition across generations.
Meet at the Birchip Cropping Group, 73 Cumming Avenue, Birchip, Victoria 3483 (behind the old Shamrock Hotel building in the main street).
Parking is available in Cumming Avenue and Glowery Street.
Participants will receive a handout with a calendar of operations summarising typical activities conducted over a 12-month period.
The Birchip district, and Buloke Shire region, has lots to offer. On the Silo Art Trail, Birchip is home to the famous Mallee Bull, Mali Heart Street Art and Australia’s Best Vanilla Slice. It has a surprising number of specialty shops and dining venues as well as public spaces such as the Soldier’s Memorial Park and Tchum Lake to enjoy.
BCG Buloke Farm Tours visits operating farms where caution around safety and biosecurity are taken very seriously.
Please follow your hosts’ instructions and please take the time to read these Terms and Conditions: