University of Vermont


Kraft Findings

Summary of Project

Enhancing the nutritional attributes of bovine milk to achieve a more desirable product tailored to provide health-promoting benefits

Principal investigator: Dr. Jana Kraft


There is growing interest in the development of functional milk and dairy products to maximize their contribution to health promotion and disease prevention. Because omega-3 fatty acids have been recognized as nutrients of high biological value that impart health benefits, they represent promising functional food components enriched in milk and dairy products. The goal of our research is to enhance the health attributes of milk, tailored to optimize health and thereby prevent disease development, through a targeted feeding strategy applied to the dairy cow. Results from our research trial have shown that feeding rumen-protected echium oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, to dairy cows increases the content of omega-3 fatty acids in milk fat. Promoting the health-enhancing opportunities of milk will benefit the dairy producer (increased marketability and profit) and the consumer (i.e.,, increased appeal and acceptability).

Abstracts and Presentations:

Bainbridge, M., Lock, A.L., Kraft, J. Feeding rumen-protected echium oil increases the omega-3 fatty acid content of bovine milk. Joint ISNH/ISRP International Conference 2014, Canberra, Australia, 8 - 12 September 2014.

Kraft, J. 2014. Milk - What's in it for you? VDIA/VFD Fall Conference, Stowe, VT.

Bainbridge, M., Lock, A.L., Kraft, J. Effects of supplementing lipid-encapsulated echium oil on lactational responses and milk fatty acid composition. 2014 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, July 20-24, 2014. J Anim Sci 92, E-Suppl. 2/J Dairy Sci. 97, E-Suppl. 1. p175.

Bainbridge, M., Lock, A.L., Kraft, J. Enhancing the nutritional attributes of bovine milk to achieve a more desirable product tailored to meet the consumer's needs. ASFS/AFHVS Conference 2014, Burlington, VT. June 18-22, 2014.

Kraft, J., Barlow, J., and Cleary, J. Milk quality - From farm to glass. NOFA-VT Winter Conference. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, February 2014.

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