In 2000, we tested the efficacy of the two silage additives Naturasil (concentrate) and Topsilage. Both products are containing lactic acid bacteria meant to promote the main fermentation in silages. The trials were carried out in small-scale silos with a mixture of lucerne and cocksfoot. Forage of the first and also of the second cut was ensiled at two different dry matter levels (about 20 and 30 % dry matter). The silos were opened after a storage time of about 100 days.<br><br>The silages without additive contained either butyric acid or high amounts of acetic acid, both indicating a bad fermentation. The two silage additives Naturasil and Topsilage did improve the fermentation quality of the silages made from forages which are difficult or less difficult to ensile. Based on these results both products were authorized.
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.