Animal feed

Menu: grass and alpine plants

Approximately 13% of Switzerland’s total area consists of Alpine farming areas. These Alpine or summer pastures are an outstanding element of the Swiss cultural landscape; they characterise large parts of the Alps, the Alpine foothills and the Jura Mountains. Cows, beef cattle, sheep, goats or horses are kept there from spring through to autumn.

Pigs in our country recycle by-products of food processing to a large extent, for example, the whey from cheese production, milling and peeling products from grain and potato processing, raw organic remains from vegetable production etc.

By-products of the food industry

Chez nous, les porcs valorisent une forte proportion de sous-produits issus de la transformation alimentaire, par exemple le petit-lait issu de la fabrication de fromage, les produits de mouture et de décorticage issus de la transformation des céréales et des pommes de terre, les épluchures issues de la production de légumes, etc. . In this sense, keeping livestock also makes a valuable contribution to minimising food waste and the discarding or squandering of valuable food ingredients.

Strict feed controls

Only strictly controlled feed that is appropriate to the species and environmentally sound is used for the livestock. This is guaranteed to be GMO-free (not genetically modified) and must not contain any animal meal. Hormones and antimicrobial growth promoters have been banned in Switzerland since 1999.

The Swiss Liebefeld-Posieux Research Institute (ALP) ensures compliance with these regulations. It monitors and approves feed and prevents toxic or other unwanted substances from getting into meat.

Over four-fifths of all animal feeds come from Switzerland

Eighty-five per cent of feeds come from our own domestic production. According to the animal feeds balance for 2015, Switzerland imports 15% of all animal feeds (of dry substance), which are required to maximise supplementation of the feed rations from our own domestic production (corn, soya). Switzerland imported 285,000 tonnes of soya meal for animal consumption in 2015. Responsibly produced, certified soya made 2016 already 99% of this. Switzerland is a negligible consumer of soya compared with other countries, making up 0.1% of the global total (source: