- Agronomic: soybeans
- Animal Products: dairy
- Animal Production: feed formulation, grazing - rotational
- Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, value added
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a potent anticarcinogenic compound. Milk fat is the richest source of CLA. Our research suggests that milk from pasture-based dairies was high in CLA. The CLA contents in milk were higher in summer than in winter months. The consumer acceptability and quality of CLA-enriched dairy products produced from cows grazing pasture was the same as from cows fed conserved forages and grains. Consumers were willing to pay more for the CLA-enriched dairy products. Dietary intake of CLA in adults living in Utah was 25% of the effective dose for cancer prevention.
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Objective 1: To assess the year-round supply and value of CLA-enriched dairy products produced on pasture-based dairies.
Objective 2: To characterize physical, chemical, and sensory properties of CLA-enriched dairy products
Objective 3: To assess the market values of CLA-enriched milk, cheese, and butter.