Large white gilts were kept in single pens provided with full-length straw (S) or a rubber mat (R) as bedding. In the grower and finisher period the pigs were restrictively fed either a low fibre diet (130 g/kg DM NDF, treatments LFS and LFR) or a high fibre diet (180 g/kg DM NDF, treatments HFS and HFR) and effects on performance and apparent total tract digestibility of nitrogen, energy, neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and acid detergent fibre (ADF) were determined. Rubber mats reduced feed conversion efficiency in the grower period (p < 0.05) but there was no influence of type of bedding on the other parameters examined. Animals fed the HF diet showed higher daily weight gain and lower nitrogen and energy digestibility during the whole fattening period (p < 0.01). These results indicate that straw bedding and high fibre diets can be combined without reducing nutrient availability in the latter.
Stable climate has an important impact on the respiratory health of horses. In a study on indoor climate quality, three different ventilation systems were tested.
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.