High-Quality, Sustainably Produced Beef

High-quality, Sustainably Produced Beef

As part of the updating of feeding standards for fattening cattle, two new topics have been included. The first is feed autonomy – specifically, the formulation of rations with protein sources other than soya that can be grown in Switzerland. These rations either contain feedstuffs such as peas, rapeseed meal or lupin, or nitrogen-rich forage such as alfalfa or legume-rich mixtures. The second topic concerns the efficiency of the animals used for fattening as a function of their genetic origin (crosses of different beef breeds with dairy cows) and the rations utilised – rations that were established in line with the forage produced in the different meat-production regions in Switzerland.

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