last year, the trend to less milk and less pig husbandry: The number of dairy cows and fattening pigs has decreased by about one percent. For 6.2 percent more were kept for laying hens, of which 18 percent below the biological quality conditions.

Of the 50’852 farms – by 1.5% less than 2017 – filled 7032 the requirements of the organic regulation of 1997, almost 400 more than the year before. Meanwhile, 15.4 percent of all farms produce according to organic Standard, last year it had been around 14 percent.

Also, the Trend to larger farms has continued in 2018, compared to the previous year, 1.6 percent more farms with a usable area of about 30 hectares have been counted, such as the Federal office for statistics (BFS) announced on Tuesday. Smaller farms declined by 2.3 per cent, either because of closures or mergers. The average farm size was just over 20 hectares; in 1980, the farms were, on average, only half as large.

the larger, in Spite of the tendency of three-quarters of the farms are managed and Operated traditionally as a family business. The Patriarchal structure has been preserved well by the majority: Under the agricultural operation, only 6.2 percent of the female sex, are conductors. A total of 152’400 persons, of which last year 55’400 women on Farms, 1600 less than in 2017.

The utilised agricultural area (uaA) is stable at a little over one Million hectares. 58% of these meadows are natural and pasture, 38 percent of the Agriculture is practised. Preferably, the cereal is cultivated, of which 60 percent food and 40 percent for animal feed. Significantly, the cultivation area of oilseed rape has increased.

organic farming is increasing in all the cantons and in all agriculture areas. One-fifth of the cultivated area is planted with organic vegetables, almost one-tenth of the Reblandes is organic. Of the medicinal plants and herbs used surfaces 60 per cent, according to the organic Standard to be managed.

The cattle population, the development of the last years continued. The number of dairy cows decreased to 564’200, what about the past ten years have seen a decline of 10 percent. Similarly, the number of farms with reduced milk cows to 25′, 800.

by Contrast, when bovine livestock for meat production, in particular in the case of the mother – and nurse cows, similar to the previous years, an increase of 1.7 per cent recorded. This Trend was boosted by the Bio-Boom: More than a quarter of the cattle stock was kept in Farms that rely on Bioproduction.

Similar on a deeper level, pig meat production: traditional pig farming decreased, however, the biological rose significantly. Since organic make up swine but only about 3 percent of the entire pig population, which is hardly noticeable. (SDA)