Inspirational ideas: Protein-rich forage for climate-proof farming
Agro-ecological farming practices focusing on diversification of farming systems, such as agroforestry, intercropping, mixed crop-livestock systems and crop rotation, can help farmers produce good yields while using natural resources more efficiently. An Operational Group from Slovenia is testing how crop rotation and crop diversification can help Slovenian farmers to improve the quantity and quality of their animal feed.
Drought and other effects of climate change are increasingly affecting forage production and conservation. The Operational Group is producing silage with winter legume catch crops, and is testing lucerne for its resistance to drought. “We see a high interest in producing more forage with lucerne”, says project coordinator Branko Kramberger. “One of our aims is to test the potential of such conserved feed to adapt livestock production to climate change.”