Swiss Federal Dairy Research Station, Bern-Liebefeld

Precious milk fat from the high lands

High land milk fat produced on swiss alps during summer months contains significantly higher amounts of unsaturated fatty acids than common summer milk fat. Also conjugated cis/trans linoleic acids and ?-3 fatty acids contents are markedly higher. This result obtained in a single alp study a few years ago could be confirmed in a follow-up work. Results of milk fat analysis from different swiss alpine regions proved to be even more interesting than the primary one. Nevertheless it has to be recognised that there is a great variation among high land milk fat, probably due to rather different plant populations on swiss alps.

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