Grassland use in Europe

A syllabus for young farmers

by Agnes van den Pol-van Dasselaar (editorial coordination), Leanne Bastiaansen-Aantjes (editorial coordination), Fergus Bogue (editorial coordination), Michael O’Donovan (editorial coordination), Christian Huyghe (editorial coordination)
december 2019
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Covering 40% of the European agricultural area, grasslands are vitally important both for agriculture and society. These grasslands serve multiple functions, including the local provision of fodder for animal husbandry (and hence high-quality food provision for people), biodiversity conservation, carbon storage and the provision of ‘traditional’ landscapes that European citizens appreciate for recreational purposes and cultural heritage.

The future of grassland farming in Europe is in the hands of young farmers. Compared to other topics, grassland management has often been a weak point of teaching delivered by agricultural technical schools in several European countries. The training of future farmers and advisors could thus be significantly improved, which could lead to better grassland management in the medium and long terms. For this reason, the European project Inno4Grass created a syllabus and a set of PowerPoint presentations on practical grassland management for current and future generations of grassland farmers and advisors.


Objectives of Inno4Grass

Diversity of European grasslands

Main grassland types

Economic and social importance of European grasslands

Environmental importance


Chapter 1. Grassland production

Characteristics of grass

Use of grasslands

Grassland species and sward assessment

Weed management

Chapter 2. Grazing management

Grass supply

Main parasitic diseases encountered on the pasture

Main grazing parameters

Management according to the season

Farm infrastructure

Chapter 3. Hay and silage making

Cutting management and haymaking


Techniques adapted to legume and legume mixtures

Chapter 4. Soil and nutrient management

Soil characteristics related to grasslands

Main macro-nutrients: N P K

Biological nitrogen fixation


Use of animal manure

Other macro- and micronutrients

Chapter 5. Environment and biodiversity

Carbon sequestration

Greenhouse gas emissions

Water quality


Chapter 6. Quality of grassland-based animal products

Milk and dairy product quality

Effect of grazed grass on milk composition

Effect of the grass conservation type on milk composition


Characteristics of individual countries



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Language(s): English

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Edition: 1st edition

Published: 13 december 2019

Reference Book: 02729

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02729NUM

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02729EPB

EAN13 Book: 9782759231454

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759231461

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759231478

Interior: Colour

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Pages count Book: 264

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 264

Weight (in grammes): 480 (Book)

Size: 8,8 Mo (PDF), 9,4 Mo (ePub)