08 July 1999
Adding fatty acids reduces milk fat

RESEARCHERS at Clemson University in South Carolina have discovered that adding fatty acid to a cows diet can lower the milks saturated fat content.

The researchers found that adding fatty acid and ammonia to feed lowered the overall fat content in the milk and changed the remaining fat to the relatively healthy mono-unsaturated form.

Adding ammonia to fatty acid in the feed is thought to prevent the micro-organisms in the cows digestive tract from converting unsaturated fat into the saturated form.

  • Financial Times 08/07/99 page 16 (Technology Worth Watching)