Meat is an important element in our nutrition. In Switzerland, a little bit more than 50 kg meat are consumed per capita and year,. Compared to the whole agricultural production, meat production lies between 30 and 50%. Home demand of beef, veal or pork is almost wholly met.
Meat contains various high quality nutrients. Thus, it is an excellent source of protein and trace elements like iron, zinc and selenium.
Perfect food quality becomes more and more important to consumers. Furthermore, they require meat from animal friendly production systems.
At Agroscope Research Station, the factors influencing meat quality from breeding, feeding, slaughtering, storing and processing are investigated with main focus on the follwing projects: