The November 2022 agroscope magazine is online

The Agroscope Centre of Excellence for Raw-Milk Products investigated the popularity of Vacherin Fribourgeois PDO cheese. Read about this and many more studies in the latest issue of the magazine.


Mountain Milk Production with Dual-Purpose Cows: Outdated Tradition or Modern Moneyspinner?

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.


Agroscope Capsule Collects Gut Microbiome

Researchers from Agroscope have developed a capsule which can take a gut sample unobtrusively from a live pig. This animal-friendly invention has revolutionary implications for microbiome research.


Dairy Cows: Swiss Farms Surveyed on Drying-off Practice

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.


Noninvasive Measuring Methods for Pigs

The PIGWEB Project’s large-scale trial was an im-portant step in the development of a noninvasive method for measuring the body composition of pigs.


Drought-Tolerant Sorghum to Combat Fodder Scarcity

Agroscope’s trials test the agronomic properties of sorghum, an African grass from the family Poaceae, and its qualities as a forage.


Climate Change: a Challenge

The dossier, which contains current publications, gives an insight into selected Agroscope research projects.


July 2022 issue of agroscope magazine now online

This issue sheds light on research topics such as the new Smart Farming technologies, soil carbon sequestration and the improvement of wine quality.


Swiss Dairy Farming in Transition

Swiss dairy farms are more strongly affected by structural change than other farm types. An analysis of the farms exiting the sector or switching focus highlights influencing factors.


No evidence for bee fitness following sulfoxaflor application

No negative impact of pre-flowering application of the insecticide sulfoxaflor on Osmia bicornis was found. And fungicide azoxystrobin did not interact synergistically with sulfoxaflor.