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Dietary supplements of whole linseed and vitamin E to increase levels of alpha-linolenic acid and vitamin E in bovine milk

Deaville, E. R., Givens, D. I. and Blake, J. S. (2004) Dietary supplements of whole linseed and vitamin E to increase levels of alpha-linolenic acid and vitamin E in bovine milk. Animal Research, 53 (1). pp. 3-12. ISSN 1297-9651

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1051/animres:2003044


The potential to increase the concentrations of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in milk fat was investigated by studying the effects of feeding a xylose-treated, whole cracked linseed supplement ( rich in alpha-linolenic acid) to dairy cows. Also the effect of increasing the dietary intake of vitamin E on the vitamin E status of milk was investigated. The effect of pasteurisation on milk fatty acid composition was also examined. Using a 3 x 2 factorial design, a total of 60 Holstein dairy cows were fed a total mixed ration based on grass silage supplemented with one of three levels of whole cracked linseed (78, 142 or 209 g . kg(-1) diet dry matter (DM); designated LL, ML or HL, respectively) in combination with one of two levels of additional dietary vitamin E intake ( 6 or 12 g vitamin E . animal(-1) . day(-1); designated LE or HE, respectively). Increasing lipid supplementation reduced (P < 0.01) diet DM intake and milk yield, and increased (P < 0.001) the overall content of oleic, vaccenic, alpha-linolenic and conjugated linoleic acids, and total PUFAs and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Myristic and palmitic acids in milk fat were reduced ( P < 0.001) through increased lipid supplementation. While &alpha;-linolenic acid concentrations were substantially increased this acid only accounted for 0.02 of total fatty acids in milk at the highest level of supplementation (630 g &alpha;-linolenic acid &BULL; animal(-1) &BULL; day(-1) for HL). Conjugated linoleic acid concentrations in milk fat were almost doubled by increasing the level of lipid supplementation (8.9, 10.4 and 16.1 g &BULL; kg(-1) fatty acids for LL, ML and HL, respectively). Although milk vitamin E contents were generally increased there was no benefit (P > 0.05) of increasing vitamin E intake from 6 to 12 g . animal(-1) . day(-1). The fatty acid composition of milk was generally not affected by pasteurisation.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8458
Uncontrolled Keywords:milk fat, fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid, vitamin E, pasteurisation, FATTY-ACIDS, TRANS, DIGESTIBILITY, SILAGE, COWS

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