Feed and animal factors influencing milk fat composition.

  title={Feed and animal factors influencing milk fat composition.},
  author={Donald L Palmquist and Angela D. Beaulieu and David M. Barbano},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  volume={76 6},
Genetic selection for increased milk fat percentage leads to increased proportions of short-chain fatty acids in milk fat and decreased proportions of long-chain fatty acids. Milk fat composition is strongly influenced by stage of lactation; proportion of short chains (de novo synthesis) is low initially and increases until at least 8 to 10 wk into lactation. Milk fat composition is changed more by the amount and composition of dietary fat than any other dietary component. Seasonal and regional… CONTINUE READING
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