What happens when the rain doesn’t come?
Extended heat and drought periods – we won’t forget the summer of 2015 any time soon! What consequences can we expect for grassland-based milk and meat production if such events become more frequent? To answer this question, the GrassAlt Project, launched in 2015, investigates the effects of drought on pastures at three different altitudes. Plastic tunnels are used to intercept natural rainfall and simulate various drought regimes. First results show that pastures are very resilient to drought periods.