An article on the Farmers Weekly website highlights how milk producers supplying Marks & Spencer are supplementing cow diets with extruded Linseed to reduce saturated fat levels in milk.
The article states:
“Milk saturated fat levels naturally drop when cows go out to grass and increase at housing. This natural fluctuation is due to oil levels in the grass, and specifically Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids in grass are anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and also reduce saturated fats in milk”.
“The main aim is to mimic spring grass growth in the ration”.
To read the full article click this link – http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/19/04/2013/138696/battle-is-on-to-lower-dairy-saturated-fats.htm
Free Range Dairy farmers aim to give their cows as much grazed grass as possible to produce healthy milk. In the winter months, when cows are housed, we still feed a lot of grass in the form of silage and hay which, whilst not as good as spring grass, still helps to produce healthy milk.
We often say “you are what you eat” and, when it comes to milk and dairy, you are what our cows eat.