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Improving the fatty acid profile of winter milk from housed cows with contrasting feeding regimes by oilseed supplementation

Stergiadis, S.; Leifert, C.; Seal, C.J.; Eyre, M.D.; Steinshamm, H. and Butler, G. (2014) Improving the fatty acid profile of winter milk from housed cows with contrasting feeding regimes by oilseed supplementation. Food Chemistry, 164, pp. 293-300.

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Document available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.05.021


Many studies show concentrations of nutritionally desirable fatty acids in bovine milk are lower when cows have no access to grazing, leading to seasonal fluctuations in milk quality if cows are housed for part of the year. This study investigated the potential to improve the fatty acid profiles of bovine milk by oilseed supplementation (rolled linseed and rapeseed) during a period of indoor feeding in both organic and conventional production systems. Both linseed and rapeseed increased the concentrations of total monounsaturated fatty acids, vaccenic acid, oleic acid and rumenic acid in milk, but decreased the concentration of the total and certain individual saturated fatty acids. Linseed resulted in greater changes than rapeseed, and also significantly increased the concentrations of a-linolenic acid, total polyunsaturated fatty acids and total omega-3 fatty acids. The response to oilseed supplementation, with respect to increasing concentrations of vaccenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids, appeared more efficient for organic compared with conventional diets.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Linseed, Rapeseed, Organic, Milk, Fatty acid
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: European Union > LowInputBreeds > SP 1: Dairy and meat cattle
Norway > Bioforsk - Norwegian Institute for Agriculture and Environmental Research > Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming Division
UK > Univ. Newcastle
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:26495
Deposited On:27 Jun 2014 10:12
Last Modified:07 Jul 2014 21:55
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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