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Analysis of fatty acid profile in milk fat of Wallachian sheep during lactation

  • Martin Ptáček (a1), Michal Milerski (a2), Jaromír Ducháček (a1), Jitka Schmidová (a2), Vladimír Tančin (a3) (a4), Michal Uhrinčať (a3), Luděk Stádník (a1) and Tereza Michlová (a5)...

In this Research Communication we evaluate the fatty acid (FA) profile of Wallachian sheep milk. The study was performed on 38 ewes in Beskydy Mountains. Samples were collected 4 times during the lactation, at monthly intervals. FA profile as well as groups of saturated, monounsaturated (MUFA), and polyunsaturated (PUFA) FAs were investigated. Considerable increase over the lactation was detected for lauric, myristic, myristoleic and palmitic acids, while stearic acid showed the opposed tendency. Variability, supported by significant differences among particular days of milk collection, was demonstrated for oleic acid; its highest distribution occurred at the beginning and at the end of the trial. The highest distribution of CLA was at the second sample day. Milk of Wallachian sheep naturally grazed at permanent pasture areas showed higher content of PUFA and MUFA in contrast with intensive or semi-intensive sheep breeds reported in the literature.

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