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Effects of starch level and forage particle length on the performance, milk fatty acid profile and production of trans-10, cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid in dairy ewes

Study to evaluate the effects of starch content and forage particle length on the performance and production of trans-10, cis-12 CLA in dairy ewes.

Year of Publication2008

The objectives of the current study were to evaluate the effects of starch content and forage particle length on the performance and production of trans-10, cis-12 CLA in dairy ewes. Conclusions Forage particle length had no effect on milk fat content or yield in dairy ewes. Feeding a high starch diet had a small, but significant effect on reducing milk fat content but neither milk fat yield nor the concentration of trans-10, cis-12 CLA were significantly affected. In dairy ewes, milk composition is therefore relatively unresponsive to dietary starch level or fibre particle length.

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Supporting the development of the national rural economy.

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