Results from experiments on the potential of rarely employed animal feeds are presented. Oilseeds are suitable when fed to growing ruminants in order to modify the product quality (especially the shelf life of the meat) and to reduce methane emission. The oilseeds investigated (canola, sunflower, flax) had a slightly different effect. Sunflower seed, although particularly efficient in the variables described, seems to have a lower energy content than expected. In the second part the potential of feed for fattening pigs rich in dietary fiber with medium to high energy content are described. Accordingly, a moderate use of for instance beet pulp results – at relatively unaffected growth rate, carcass and meat quality – in reductions of fat tissue cholesterol and of the inclination of manure to emit ammonia during storage. An extended list of suitable commercially available feeds rich in dietary fiber is provided. Increased attention to these types of desired side-effects in diet formulation is recommended.
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.