The aim of the present survey was to evaluate the investments for fattening pig barns in Switzerland based on realized objects. The investments were analyzed on 24 objects built between 1997 und 2004 with an average capacity of 372 fattening pigs (FP) (200 to 800 FP). The capital cost was evaluated based on the construction bills. The own labour of the farmers was estimated. The average capitals were Fr. 1’429.- per FP (Fr. 648.- to Fr. 1’968.-). The total investments (capital plus own labor) were Fr. 1’575.- per FP (Fr. 794.- to Fr. 2’372.-). Constructed slurry pit volume varied from 0,15 m3 to 4,19 m3 pro FP. Therefore, the projects were standardized to a slurry pit volume of 1,4 m3 (correction factor: Fr. 191.- per m3). Die standardized total investment averaged Fr. 1’528.- per FP (Fr. 1’032.- to Fr. 2’003.-).
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.
Global food availability is expected to remain stable in the medium term. Food security challenges in Switzerland include the decline in agricultural land area per capita, higher incidence of extreme weather events and increased pressure from pests.
Different cultural backgrounds lead to different uptake of biodiversity agri-environmental schemes at the inner-Swiss French-German language border. Economic policy incentives could mitigate culture-driven behavioral differences.