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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2007

The prospects of obtaining beneficial mineral and vitamin content in cow’s milk through feed

Swensson, Christian; Lindmark-Månsson, Helena


The dairy industry is searching for add-values in milk that will promote the sale of milk. Several minerals and vitamins are important in this aspect. One easy way of improving milk quality is to change dairy cow diet. The concentration of selenium and iodine is greatly influenced by dairy cow diet. Both vitamin A and E concentrations in milk can be altered by dairy cow diet. Preferable diets are pasture and/or high-quality forage. Most important for rumen synthesis of vitamins of the B-complex are a well-functioning rumen, which means feed consisting of high quality forage


dairy production; cow diet; milk quality; human health

Published in

Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences
2007, Volume: 16, number: suppl. 1, pages: 21-41

    SLU Authors

    • Swensson, Christian

      • Department of Rural Buildings and Animal Husbandry [LBT], Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Veterinary Science
    Food Science
    Animal and Dairy Science

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