In a pig herd with a high prevalence of oedema disease, the preventive effect of a pelleted diet with a crude fibre content of 10 % which contained beet pulp, apple pomace and carob beans was tested in weaned piglets with a weaning weight of 11 kg. The 80 weaned piglets of the diet group received a pelleted standard diet (3.5 % crude fibre) during the first week plus a total of 2.5 l of cows’ milk per animal during the first three days, then the high fibre diet for two weeks and again the standard diet for the remaining two weeks of the trial. The 80 control animals received the standard diet during the whole feeding trial period. The feeds contained neither growth promoters nor drugs. Dry feeds were fed ad libitum. Average daily weight gain of the piglets of the diet group and of the control group respectively was 223 and 176 g in the 1 st week (p<0.01), 173 and 295 g in the 2nd and 3rd week (p<0.01) and 340 and 381 g during the whole experimental period (p=0.03). Mortality, due to oedema disease, was lower in the diet group than in the control group (8 of 80 animals vs. 16 of 80onimals, p=0.05). Thus the feeding strategy used in the diet group reduced the mortality without severely affecting animal performance.
Stable climate has an important impact on the respiratory health of horses. In a study on indoor climate quality, three different ventilation systems were tested.
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.