Special feed for healthy milk
The Dutch experimental farm Zegveld is the first farm in the Netherlands
that will use a special feed to produce milk rich in good fatty acids. From spring
2007 onwards, Dutch dairy cooperative Campina will market this new healthy
The milk is produced by feeding the cows a special diet which is high in linseed among others. The milk
contains 10% less saturated fatty acids and 20% more unsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore,
the amount of the healthy omega 3 fatty acids will be twice
as much as in normal milk.
A research project will soon be
set up in which 20 dairy farmers will use the new feed and report on the pros
and contra's that they will face. If this works out well, around 600 farmers
will be selected before the end of the year that will produce the healthy milk
from 2007 onwards. The total production of this healthy milk is
estimated at 200 million litres annually.
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