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Cows’ diet and milk composition

Harstad, Odd Magne and Steinshamn, Håvard (2010) Cows’ diet and milk composition. In: Griffiths, Mansel (Ed.) Improving the safety and quality of milk: Milk production and processing (Volume 1). Woodhead Food Series, no. 188. Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK, chapter 9, pp. 223-245.

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The effect of cows' diets on milk composition is discussed, focusing on those components of particular interest for human health. First dietary sources of fatty acids and their digestion and metabolism are reviewed. Then feeding factors affecting milk fat content and fatty acid composition are discussed, with emphasis on those factors related to forage and fat supplements. The effects of diet on protein content and composition and milk content of minerals and vitamins are reviewed. Feeding strategies for improving the nutritional quality of milk are summarized.

EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:milk nutritional quality, fatty acid composition, effects of diet, forage source, fat supplements, vitamins, minerals
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Research affiliation: Norway > NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
ISBN:1 84569 438 4
Deposited By: Steinshamn, Dr Håvard
ID Code:17116
Deposited On:01 Jun 2010 07:57
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 07:57
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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