Fodder

Climate change has a strong impact on the quality and availability of fodder, a key resource for livestock.

In 2021, the fodder working group is working mainly on the topic of sorghum, which is an avenue for reflection for fodder systems. In particular, the aim will be to enrich and consolidate references and technical recommendations and to diversify testimonies in order to strengthen the support provided to farmers wishing to integrate sorghum cultivation into their production systems.

The fodder group will also pool existing resources to monitor the evolution of dry matter in maize and sorghum. The aim is to support farmers in managing harvesting operations: optimal harvesting date, technical recommendations to optimise the quality of fodder and its conservation, etc. Nearly 90 maize and sorghum plots (Alsace, BW) will be sampled and measured. The geographical monitoring area may change and include Swiss plots in the future. Thanks to cross-border cooperation, the working methods already in place should be supplemented by a new protocol for monitoring sugar levels.

The partners involved in the working group:

  • Chambre d’agriculture Alsace (France)
  • Bio en Grand Est (France)
  • le Landesverband Baden-Württemberg für Leistungs- und Qualitätsprüfungen in der Tierzucht e.V.  (Germany)
  • Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum Augustenberg (Germany)
  • AGRIDEA (Switzerland)
  • Service de l’économie rurale-canton du Jura (Switzerland)

Group leader :

Matthieu VAILLANT, Chambre d’agriculture Alsace
matthieu.vaillant@alsace.chambagri.fr