The evolution during the fattening period of the margin of fattening steers of the breeds Angus (AN), Simmental (SI), Charolais (CH), Limousin (LI), Blonde d’Aquitaine (BL) and Piemontese (PI) was analysed for two marketing channels – standard or as label. This study is based on the results obtained with an optimum fatness score (part 1). Thereby, LI and CH steers reached the highest comparable margin per large animal pen unit. The economic result of the late maturing breeds BL and PI can be improved by increasing the feeding intensity and/or by opting for an insufficient fatness score. Considering the early maturing breeds AN and SI, better returns are obtainable when maximizing the slaughter weight on condition that feeding intensity is reduced for AN steers while SI steers benefit from the stability of their fatness score over a wider weight range. The marketing as label significantly increases the margin for all breeds.
Livestock can convert grassland and by-products into valuable food. But how many animals would Switzerland need if arable land were primarily used for food production instead of animal feed?
Which stakeholders in the dairy sector have an influence on the productive life of dairy cows? Research results from FiBL and Agroscope suggest that broad-based cooperation is needed to create structures for a longer productive life.
Agriculture is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions. Agroscope showed that for dairy cattle housing, feed composition plays a role in these emissions as well as wind and temperature.