Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux, the Swiss Federal Research Station for Animal Production and Dairy Products (ALP), analyses animal feeds for their content of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Since the introduction in 1999 of the declaration limits for GMO (3 % for raw materials and 2 % for mixed feeds), more than 1600 samples were drawn by the official feed inspection. The results of the analyses are pleasant, because few mixed feeds or raw materials have been contested due to their GMO content. The detection techniques have also evolved these last years. Today they are more rapid and accurate, and now a quantification of the transgenic elements is carried out routinely.
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.
A study by Vetsuisse shows that the outdoor veal calf concept reduces antibiotic consumption in calf fattening by 80%. AGRIDEA has examined the economic viability of outdoor veal calf production and concludes that it cannot compete with conventional veal calf fattening.
In contrast to pigs, dairy cattle are as yet rarely fed protein-reduced diets. Studies show that there is also potential for protein savings in cattle, and thus for reducing ammonia emissions.