Inspirational ideas: The grass is greener on the other side of the pasture
The French region La Gatine in the Deux-Sèvres department has a traditional landscape with many pastures. To manage these grazing lands more efficiently, LIFE+ project PTD (‘Pâturage Tournant Dynamique’) has developed a method that improves grass productivity and quality through rotational grazing.
Over the past few years, more than 120 breeders have been involved in testing the rotational grazing method ‘Herby’, developed by Life+ project PTD. This method lets the grass grow to a three-leaf stage before animals are allowed to graze it.
This pasture management system offers the animals more grass, with a high quality. At the same time, the grass creates a permanent cover that can benefit the soil, enhance carbon storage and biodiversity, and increase resilience to drought. It may also allow farmers to cut costs, for instance for additional feed or fertiliser.