Grassland Management and Ruminant Production Systems

Our activities revolve around the utilisation of grassland as forage for ruminants and the agricultural production systems based thereon.

Meadows and pastures are characteristic of the Swiss cultural landscape. Within Europe, Switzerland has the second-highest proportion of grassland at 70% of its agricultural area. Sustainable grassland use must be specific to each site. We focus on the utilisation of grassland resources as ruminant forage.


  • Site-appropriate grassland management
  • Efficiency and differentiating characteristics of grassland-based production systems
  • Material flows in agricultural production systems
  • Professional pasture management
  • Roughage preservation


Grassland-based production systems

Modelling and analysis of efficiency parameters and material flows
Increasing value added by differentiating dairy production
Optimising the sustainability of grassland-based production systems

Data-mining for optimised production technology

Utilising available production data to analyse and optimise agricultural production systems

Site-appropriate management

Professionalised pasture management
Adapting management regimes to specific types of grassland
Cost of feed and feeding in dairying

Utilisation of lawns and green cover plots

Expert reports on the utilisation and management of lawns and green cover plots
Comparative testing of cultivars, fertilisers and substrates



Are you interested in collaborating with us or do you have any questions about our research activities in the area of ruminant systems, forage production or forage preservation? Please contact us.