951107 Grassland management

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2019/20
Languages of instruction


Fundamental importance of grassland regarding income of farmers,

conversion of forage in livestock farming, cultural landscape,

protection of biodiversity and soil, water and air as important

resource. Multivarious and different utilization of mountainous

grassland as well as factors which influence the agricultural

production will be discussed. Plants, plant species, plant communities,

but also yield amounts and forage quality in different management types

will be considered. Grassland renewing, breeding of forage plants and

the composition of seed mixtures for permanent grassland and ley

farming will be studied. Forage conservation and forage evaluation are

essential topics, which can be seen as a close link to the nutrition of



Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Setup consciousness for the importance of the management of the

Austrian grassland for grassland- and livestock farmers as the basis of

animal production from forage, for the protection of well cared-for

landscapes with valuable plant- and animal communities; comprehensive

introduction into the ecological management, based on nutrient

circulation and nature aspects. Special knowledge in a management,

which is well adapted to the local conditions concerning fertilization,

utilization and cultivation of meadows, pastures and ley farming areas.

Understanding the influence of management on biodiversity, forage

amount and forage quality as well as the complex interactions with

animal production in the natural cycle.

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