Fat composition is a determining quality trait in pork, which is strongly influenced by feeding. An increased supply of dietary unsaturated fatty acids significantly modifies the fatty acid composition in fatty tissues. Monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid, influence to a certain degree the quality of depot fat as well, particularly when using more feeding fats. The replacement of the PUFA norm with the PUFA-MUFA index (PMI) does not impose a further restriction but rather extends the possibilities in diet formulation and optimisation. The new recommendation makes higher proportion of feeding fat possible while maintaining the risk level with respect to the fat quality of carcasses (fat index).
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.