In two experiments using a total of 220 weaner pigs the hypothesis was tested that apple pomace alleviates the negative effects of Fusarium toxins in pigs. The two experiments had the same two-factor design: Fusarium contaminated vs. uncontaminated wheat, and 8% apple pomace vs. no pomace in the diet. Both trials yielded similar results and were thus evaluated together. The intake of feed that was contaminated with deoxynivalenol and zearalenone reduced feed intake (P < 0.01) and weight gain (P = 0.05) and increased the uterus weight (P < 0.01) without affecting feed conversion ratio. Pomace intake had no effect on feed intake and uterus weight but improved weight gain (P = 0.03; interaction pomace x mycotoxins: P = 0.08). Apple pomace thus seems to counteract the negative effects of deoxynivalenol on growth, but is ineffective against the effect of zearalenone.
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.