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Effect of dairy management on quality characteristics of milk

Slots, Tina; Leifert, Carlo; Butler, Gillian; Kristensen, Troels and Nielsen, Jacob Holm (2006) Effect of dairy management on quality characteristics of milk. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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The objective of the study was (i) to compare the nutritional composition of milk produced in organic and conventional production systems taking into consideration: different proportions of grass or grass silage, maize silage and different amount of concentrate (cereals), and (ii) to define the variation in content of pro- and antioxidants in milk in relation to regional variation, feeding and season. The feeding regime from 25 farms from Denmark, 20 farms from Sweden and 25 farms from United Kingdom was reg-istered and milk samples were collected and analysed for the content of antioxidants and fatty acid compo-sition. The daily milk production was significantly higher in the conventional milk production systems in the two Scandinavian countries compared with the United Kingdom. Milk from the conventional low input production system in United Kingdom has signifi-cantly higher amount of fatty acids and antioxidants derived from the high amount of pasture in the diet, where in contrast the conventional production sys-tems in Denmark and Sweden had significantly higher content of fatty acids derived from maize silage. The data overall indicated differences between the milk composition as a consequence of the feeding compo-sition in different systems and countries.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 9: Organic animal products: quality and safety
European Union > QualityLowInputFood > Subproject 2: Effects of production methods
Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > II. 2 (ORMILQ) Production of organic milk of high quality ...
Deposited By: Slots, Ph.D. student Tina
ID Code:7631
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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