Grass planning and climate change

16 Jun 2017

The effects of climate change are felt the world over and are especially harsh on agriculture.

The current mild weather is a relief after last year's scorching summer that was followed by a short but productive rainy season.

These are signs of things to come in terms of climate change. Our summers will become hotter with fewer days of rainfall (though not necessarily less rain) and warmer winters.

According to Dr Axel Rothauge, founder and consultant of AgriConsult Namibia, this change has its advantages. The late warm weather keeps grass green longer than usual and delays the need for winter lick. Winter lick is more expensive than summer lick as it contains more nutrients. Thus, feeding summer lick for longer (because the grass is still greenish and more nutritious) is economically advantageous.