Cows Fed Flaxseed Produce More Nutritious Dairy Products, Says OSU Study

Typical dairy cow feed is made up of corn, grains, hay, and grass. While inexpensive, this mix leads to a fairly innutritious dairy. Oregon State University students conducted a study that involved feeding flax seed to cows to improve dairy content. The cows were fed varying levels of flax seed to find the sweet spot – not too much and not too little. At six pounds of seed per day, saturated fat dropped and poly-unsaturated fat and omega-3 levels rose. Cows produced the same amount of milk during the feeding and refrigerated butter got softer. While this may raise dairy prices slightly, research shows that consumers are already willing to pay more for vitamin-enriched foods. The best part? Cows ate the flaxseed like it was candy.

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