Research Projects SRF 6


Hatung von Equiden in der Schweiz

Keeping Equids in Switzerland

Horsekeeping represents an opportunity for the agricultural sector: it contributes to sustainable rural development and offers an attractive source of income. Modern, animal-friendly housing systems and fittings, as developed and tested by Agroscope, are essential for this activity.

Use of Equids in Switzerland

Use of Equids in Switzerland

The proper understanding of horse behaviour can prevent considerable animal suffering as well as poor training outcomes and safety risks, thus strengthening the horsekeeping sector in agriculture. Agroscope researches equine behaviour, promotes the ethical, safe handling of horses, and supports successful horse use.

Dairy-Cow Nutrition

Dairy-Cow Nutrition

High expectations are placed on the modern dairy cow: she is meant to produce lots of milk of impeccable quality, utilise feed efficiently, have a low impact on the environment, and cope well with the consequences of climate change. To make her fit for these challenges, the impacts must be recognised at an early stage, and appropriate management and feeding measures developed.

Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Measures for Pig Farms

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious health threat requiring a One Health approach to combat it. This is because humans, food and animals constitute overlapping reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance. To limit the spread of AMR, antibiotics use, including in pig husbandry, should be dramatically reduced. Post-weaning diarrhoea is often preventively treated with antibiotics. Agroscope is working on non-antibiotic measures to reduce the occurrence of this diarrhoea.

Nutrition of Lactating Sows and their Large Litters

Nutrition of Lactating Sows and their Large Litters

In recent decades, the number of piglets born per litter has continuously risen. Ac-cordingly, supplying the sow with proteins and minerals to enable optimum provi-sion of these nutrients to her piglets has become a challenging business. Since more low-weight piglets are also expected per litter, their growth must be optimally supported by an appropriate supplementary feed.

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Animal-Friendly Housing of Ruminants and Pigs

Those who drink milk and eat meat want to be certain that farm animals are housed according to their needs. Agroscope tests whether housing systems for ruminants and pigs are animal-friendly.

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Healthy Honey Bees and High-Quality Bee Products

To preserve the attractiveness of beekeeping in Switzerland – an activity that guarantees the pollination of both wild and cultivated plants – it is important to provide beekeepers with effective production tools. To ensure healthy honey-bee colonies and high-quality hive products, Agroscope is looking to develop and test solutions for maintaining the health of colonies threatened by diseases or agricultural practices.