In a feeding trial with 58 dairy cows in different stages of lactation, including 14 primiparous animals, the effects of using a high proportion of rapeseed cake (70 %) in a protein supplement were studied in comparison with a concentrate based on soybean meal and sunflower seeds and meal. The basal ration was restricted hay and fodder beets and maize silage fed ad libitum. No significant effect on milk production and composition was observed, but daily intake of maize silage was 1.5 kg DM higher during the first third of lactation. The supplemental intake of plant lipids did not influence the fatty acid composition of the milk in the 9th week of lactation.
Although milk-production oriented (MPO) cow breeds have also become established in the mountain region, farms with the dual-purpose ‘Original Simmental’ breed are proving to be economically viable, with lower costs and higher direct payments making up for lower revenues from milk.
High milk yields before drying-off increase the risk of udder infections during the dry period. An online survey highlights what drying-off methods are currently used and how farmers rate the ‘incomplete milking’ approach for reducing milk yield.
Herholz C., Siegwart J., Bruckmaier R.M., Rytz E., Lamon I., Muhr M. und Stirnimann R.
In both sport and alternative agriculture, horses are once again being used as draught animals. Efficient power transmission plays an important role in the wellbeing of draught horses.