Prof. Dr. Beat Reidy


Prof. Dr. Beat Reidy Doz. Graslandnutzung, Wiederkäuersysteme

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
    Fachbereich Agronomie
    Länggasse 85
    3052 Zollikofen


  • Grasland Management and Ruminant Production Systems

  • Sustainable utilization and management of different grassland types

  • Efficiency and differentiating characteristics of grassland-based production systems

  • Nutrient flows in agricultural production systems

  • Professional grazing management

  • Forage conservation


  • Agronomy - Crop Science and Ecology

  • Principles of Plant Protection, Nutrition and Fertilisation (BLAl094)

  • Principles of Crop and Forage Production (BLAl124)

  • Applied Forage Production (BLAp034)

  • Advanced Forage Production (BLAp116)

  • Forage conservation and technology (BLAL224)

  • Biodiversity / Extensive Grassland (BLAp044)

  • Principles of Crop and Forage Production (BLAp084)

  • Field Experiments and Crop Technology, Excursions (BLAp106)

  • Grassland-based Milk and Meat Production (BLAx742)

  • Plants Species and Vegetation of Meadows and Pastures II (BLAx032)

  • Applied Research in Natural and Social Sciences (MCLs235)


  • Grasland Utilization and Ruminant Production Systems

  • Modeling and analysis of efficiency parameters and nutrient flows, increasing value by differentiating dairy production, optimizing the sustainability of grassland-based production systems.

  • Site-adapted grassland management: Utilization and management of different grassland types.

  • Utilization of UAV and growth models to support professional grazing management.

  • Data-mining to optimize production technology: use of existing production data to analyze and optimize grassland-based agricultural production systems.


  • 2011 - heute Professor for Grassland Management and Ruminant Production Systems. BFH-HAFL
  • 2010 - 2011 Head of Fertilisers and Specialties, Deputy Head of Grain Trade Switzerland, Deputy CEO and member of executive board, Calcium Agro AG. Calcium agro AG
  • 2007-2010 Head of Agriculture/Turf, Vice-Director and executive board, Eric Schweizer AG. Eric Schweizer AG
  • 2002 – 2007 Research Associate, Research and Development Division, Swiss Agricultural University (SHL). Swiss Agricultural University (SHL, the predecessor to BFH-HAFL)
  • 2001 - 2002 Postdoc in the group of Dr. F. Tardieu, Laboratoire d'Ecophysiologie des Plantes sous Stress Environnementaux (LEPSE), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Montpellier, France. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in Montpellier, Frankreich.
  • 1997 - 2001 Research Associate in the group of Prof. em. J. Nösberger, (Grassland Science and Crop Physiology) and Prof. A. J. Fleming, (Developmental Biology), Institute of Plant Sciences, ETH Zurich. ETH Zurich
  • 2000 – 2001 Research Associate, Grassland Science and Crop Physiology Group, ETH Zurich. ETH Zurich
  • 2006 University didactics certificate. BFH
  • 2001 PhD, Dr. sc. nat. ETH Zurich
  • 1997 - 2001 Doctoral candidate, Grassland Science and Yield Physiology Group at the Institute of Plant Sciences, ETH Zurich. ETH Zurich
  • 1992 - 1997 Studies in Agriculture, ETH Zurich. Dipl. Ing. Agr. ETH, specialising in agricultural plant sciences. ETH Zurich
  • 1987 - 1991 Baccalaureate. Collège St. Michel, Fribourg
  • Chair of the steering committee of the Swiss Swiss Grassland Society (AGFF)
  • Member of the grassland and feed production committee of the German Agricultural Society (DLG e.V.)
  • Expert for Innsuisse


  • Lüscher A, Grieder C, Huguenin-Elie O, Klaus V., Reidy B., Schneider M.K., Schubiger F., Suter D., Suter M., Kölliker R. (2019). Grassland systems in Switzerland with a main focus on sown grasslands. Grassland Science in Europe, volume 24, pp 3-16.

  • Reidy B, Mulser E, Ineichen S, Akert F, Dorn K, Probst S, Frey HJ, Haas T, Höltschi M, Hofstetter P 2017. Optimierung der Milchproduktion mit frischem Wiesenfutter - Drei Systeme im Vergleich. Österreichische Fachtagung Biologische Landwirtschaft, 9. November 2017, HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein. 5-14. ISBN: 978-3-902849-51-9.

  • Ineichen S. Marquardt S, Wettstein H, Kreuzer M, Reidy B 2019. Milk fatty acid profile and nitrogen utilization of dairy cows fed ryegrass-red clover silage containing plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.). Livestock Science 221:123-132

  • Ineichen S, Kuenzler AD, Kreuzer M, Marquardt S, Reidy B 2019. Digestibility, nitrogen utilization and milk fatty acid profile of dairy cows fed hay from species rich mountainous grasslands with elevated herbal and phenolic contents. Animal Feed Science and Technology 247:210–221.

  • Wyss U, Schlegel P, Frey H, Akert F, Mulser E, Reidy B, 2018. Nährstoff- und Mineralstoffgehalte der konservierten Futtermittel. Agrarforschung Schweiz, 9 (5), 164–171.

  • Zumwald J, Braunschweig M, Hofstetter P, Reidy B, Nemecek T, 2018. Ökobilanzanalyse weide- und graslandbasierter Milchproduktionssysteme. Agrarforschung Schweiz, 9 (5), 156–163.

  • Ineichen S, Akert F, Frey HJ, Wyss U, Hofstetter P, Schmid H, Gut W, Reidy B 2018. Versuchsbeschrieb und Qualität des frischen Wiesenfutters. Agrarforschung 9(4):112-119.

  • Wyss U, Schlegel P, Frey H, Reidy B, 2018. Mineralstoffgehalte im Wiesenfutter. Agrarforschung Schweiz, 9 (4), 120–125.

  • Grob N, Altermath J, Boillat C, Frutschi V, Guy A, Roumet J-P, Python P, Reidy B, 2016. Beratungsinstrument zur Verbesserung der Wirtschaftlichkeit auf Milchbetrieben. Agrarforschung Schweiz 7 (5): 240–245.

  • Wyss, U., Dettling, T., Reidy, B. 2016. Grassilagequalitäten im Berggebiet – eine Praxisuntersuchung. Agrarforschung Schweiz 7 (4): 188–195.

  • Hofstetter P, Kunz P, Akert F, Frey H, Kneubuehler J, Reidy B, 2014. Wie sich Milchproduktionssysteme mit Eingrasen optimieren lassen Vet-Journal, Österreich, 10/2014, 29 – 36. Vet-Journal Österreich, 10, 29–36.

  • Reidy B, Webb J, Misselbrook TH, Menzi H, Luesink HH, Eurich-Menden B, Döhler H, Dämmgen U, 2009. Comparison of models used for national agricultural ammonia emission inventories in Europe: Litter-based manure systems. Atmospheric Environment 43:1632-1640.

  • Reidy B, Dämmgen U, Döler H, Eurich-Menden B, van Evert FK, Hutchings NJ, Luesink HH, Menzi H, Misselbrook TH, Monteny G-J, Webb J, 2008. Comparison of models used for national agricultural ammonia emission inventories in Europe: liquid manure systems. Atmospheric Environment 42:3452-3464.

  • Reidy B, Rihm B, Menzi H, 2008. A new Swiss inventory of ammonia emissions from agriculture based on a survey on farm and manure management and farm-specific model calculations. Atmospheric Environment 42:3266-3276

  • Reidy B, Menzi H, 2007. Assessment of the ammonia abatement potential of different geographical regions and altitudinal zones based on a large-scale survey. Biosystems Engineering 97:520-531.

  • Muller B, Bourdais G, Reidy B, Bencivenni C, Massonneau A, Condamine P, Rolland G, Conéjéro G, Rogowsky P, Tardieu F 2007. Association of specific expansins with growth in maize leaves is maintained under environmental, genetic, and developmental sources of variation. Plant Physiology 148:278-290.

  • Voisin A, Reidy B, Parent B, Rolland G, Redondo E, Gerentes D, Tardieu F, Muller B 2006. Are ABA, ethylene or their interaction involved in the response of leaf growth to soil water deficit? An analysis using naturally occurring variation or genetic transformation of ABA production in maize. Plant, Cell and Environment 29:1829-1840.

  • Carlen C, Kölliker R, Reidy B, Nösberger J 2001. Effect of season and cutting frequency on root and shoot competition between Festuca pratensis and Dactylis glomerata. Grass and Forage Science 57: 247-254.

  • Curioni PMG, Vögeli-Lange R, Reidy B, Flura T, Nösberger J, Hartwig, U.A., 2000. Increased abundance of MTD1 and MTD2 mRNAs in nodules of decapitated Medicago truncatula. Plant Molecular Biology 44:477-485.

  • Reidy B, Nösberger J, Fleming A 2000. Differential expression of XET-related genes in the leaf elongation zone of Festuca pratensis. Journal of Experimental Botany 52:1847- 1856.

  • Reidy B, McQueen-Mason S, Nösberger J, Fleming A 2000. Expression of alpha and beta expansin genes in the elongating leaf of Festuca pratensis. Plant Molecular Biology 46:491-504.

  • Kölliker R, Stadelmann FJ, Reidy B, Nösberger J 1999. Genetic variability of forage grass cultivars: A comparison of Festuca pratensis Huds., Lolium perenne L., and Dactylis glomerata L.. Euphytica 106:261-270.

  • Kölliker R, Stadelmann FJ, Reidy B, Nösberger J 1998. Fertilization and defoliation frequency affect genetic diversity of Festuca pratensis Huds. in permanent grasslands. Molecular Ecology 7:1557-1567.

  • Bell AA, Liu L, Reidy B, Davis R.M., Subbarao, KV 1998. Mechanisms of subsurface drip irrigation-mediated suppression of lettuce drop caused by Sclerotinia minor. Phytopathology 88:252-259.

  • Reidy, B. (2013). Grass-legume mixtures: A valuable resource for grassland based milk production. In: Cool forages. Advanced management of temperate forages. Eds. Bittmans s and Hunt Derek. Pacific Field Corn Association. Canada.

  • Erisman, J. W., A. Bleeker, A. Neftel, V. Aneja, N. Hutchings, L. Kinsella, Y. S. Tang, J. Webb, M. Sponar, C. Raes, M. Mitosinkova, S. Vidic, H. V. Andersen, Z. Klimont, R. Pinder, S. Baker, B. Reidy, C. Flechard, L. Horvath, A. Lewandowska, C. Gillespie, M. Wallasch, R. Gehrig and T. Ellerman (2009). Detecting Change in Atmospheric Ammonia Following Emission Changes. In: Atmospheric Ammonia: Detecting emission changes and environmental impacts. Mark, S., Reis, S., Baker, S. (Eds.). Springer, 2009.

  • Webb, J., N. J. Hutchings, S. Bittman, S. M. H. Baker, B. Reidy, C. Raes, K. Smith, J. Ayres and T. Misselbrook (2009). Reliability of Ammonia Emission Estimates and Abatement Efficiencies. In: Atmospheric Ammonia: Detecting emission changes and environmental impacts. Mark, S., Reis, S., Baker, S. (Eds.). Springer, 2009.


  • Swiss Grassland Society (AGFF)

  • Swiss Society of Agronomy (SSA)

  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Grünland und Futterbau (AGGF)

  • Gesellschaft für Pflanzenbauwissenschaften (Deutschland)

  • Deutsche Landwirtschaft-Gesellschaft (DLG)

  • American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

  • New Zealand Grassland Association (NZGA)

  • British Grassland Society (BGS)

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • French - Full professional proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • Spanish - Elementary proficiency