The aim of the study was to examine the economic value of crop yield and quality (content of digestible organic matter, DOM) of silage maize. If maize silage is used for fattening bulls, the DOM content plays an important role whereas crop yield can be considered as minor priority in the variety choice. When feeding dairy cattle, however, both quantitative crop yield and quality of the silage maize are essential. On 1 ha of silage maize, the marginal utility (gross margin) per dt of additional crop yield (DM) varies between CHF 15.- and CHF 20.-, the marginal utility per g of additional DOM per kg DM between CHF 25.- and CHF 30.-.
How do farmers experience social sustainability on their farms? As an Agroscope study shows, this depends on farmers’ identities and farm types.
Cheese stands out as one of the main Swiss agricultural trade offensive interests. Outside the EU, the USA are an important export destination. The CAPRI model allows to assess the impact of a free trade agreement for cheese between the USA and CH.
Policies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions are more effective and more efficient if they are set at the regional level and not at the level of individual farms. This can help achieve climate targets.