Feed characteristics can influence behaviour in laying hens. Twelve hens (ISA-Brown, 56th to 68t th week of age) were used to analyse feeding patterns. Three diets, different in structure (fine vs. coarse particle size distribution) and composition (isoenergetic replacement of starch by fibre and fat) were tested. Diurnal distributions of number, size and duration of meals, feed consumption and feeding time per hour were registered . Fine structured feed resulted in Ionger feeding times per day than coarse diets. Feed composition had less influence on feeding patterns. Feed with fine particle size distribution can be recommended to reduce occurrence of feather pecking because of increased occupation by feeding.
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.
A study by Vetsuisse shows that the outdoor veal calf concept reduces antibiotic consumption in calf fattening by 80%. AGRIDEA has examined the economic viability of outdoor veal calf production and concludes that it cannot compete with conventional veal calf fattening.
In contrast to pigs, dairy cattle are as yet rarely fed protein-reduced diets. Studies show that there is also potential for protein savings in cattle, and thus for reducing ammonia emissions.