An in-depth economic comparison was carried out with different housing systems for dairy cows. Differences between the systems in terms of animal health, work quality, environmental impacts and product quality were also taken into account. The comparison involved tie-stall systems and cubicle housing systems.The results of the economic comparison show that average milk production is higher and rearing costs are lower in cubicle housing systems. With a herd size of 40 cows, cubicle housing systems are considerable more profitable than tie-stall systems. The environmental impact of milk production is determined mainly by feedstuff production. The use of feedstuffs produced by environmentally sound methods is therefore of primary importance in reducing environmental impacts. The study shows that animal welfare and profitability are not contradictory. Cubicle housing systems with larger herds are both more profitable and more animal-friendly.
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.