931301 Mechanisation on grassland

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Pfurtscheller, Hannes , Gronauer, Andreas , Pöllinger, Alfred , Handler, Franz , Britz, Roland
Institute of Agricultural Engineering
Offered in
Wintersemester 2017/18
Languages of instruction


The lecture predominantly treats aspects of field mechanisation,

especially the mechanisation in alpine and favourable regions. The following subjects are conveyed: •

Application limits and requirements for mechanisation in alpine regions

(slope suitability, safety device, technical solutions)

• Technical solutions for prevention of damaging the sward (tyres,

continuously variable transmissions etc.)

• Technology for grassland maintenance (e.g. levelling, rolling,

control of dock)

• Technology for reseeding of grassland • Technology for spreading of

solid and liquid manure especially on slopes

• Technology for harvesting of grass: 1. Cutting of grass (mowers,

conditioners, tedders, spreaders, rakes, forage wagons, choppers, big

balers, etc.)

2. Planning of the required capacity of the harvesting process (working

time requirement, labour potential, available field working days)

including special consideration of forage harvest on slopes

3. Pasturing (fence systems, watering, pasture maintenance)

• Mechanization expenses, depending on slope inclination

• Selected new developments (e. g. yield mapping, on-line-determination

of quality)

• Ergonomics and safety on tractors and self-propelled machines

(suspension of cabs, axles and seats; use of electronics, noise,

hand-arm vibration)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Recognizing the importance, the amount and the particularities of

grassland mechanisation in agriculture and landscape conservation. The

mechanisation in alpine regions will be especially considered.

Getting to know and assessing engineering solutions as well as their

effects on farm work, need of investment and their application limits

in alpine regions. The course will partially take place at the Federal

Institute of Agricultural Engineering in Wieselburg, where an insight

will be given into selected aspects of research and testing of

agricultural machinery.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.