Switzerland is a grassland country: its climate and soil provide ideal conditions for producing meadow fodder. Fresh grass, hay and silage for our cattle, horses, sheep and goats all fall into this category. Meadow fodder is the most important source of energy and protein for Swiss dairy cattle, accounting for 76 per cent of their ration (Lüscher et al., 2019). Agroscope researches for multifunctional, efficient and sustainable grassland use.
The European Grassland Federation (EGF) and the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (Eucarpia) – umbrella organisations for European research into grass plant production and breeding – met for a joint symposium at the ETH Zurich in late June.