Effect of Lactation Season on Awassi Sheep Milk Quality and Fatty Acid Profiles
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Mountaha Youssef, Muhi El-Dine Hilali, Pauline Aad, Saab Abi Saab, Khaled Houchaimi. (19/9/2019). Effect of Lactation Season on Awassi Sheep Milk Quality and Fatty Acid Profiles.
Awassi sheep milk is the main milk used to produce traditional dairy products in the Middle East. Sheep management during lactation is affecting milk quality including fatty acid profiles. Generally, farmers graze their animals and may offer a little supplementation during spring, later on, during late spring and summer, concentrates are provided, mainly barley grains. The offered supplementation could be characterized as an energy rich unbalanced diet. Changes in milk composition due to the progress of lactation and traditional feeding regime can affect yields of traditional dairy products, such as white cheese, whereas changes in fatty acid profiles can affect the quality and nutritional value of ghee, an other important dairy product in the Middle East
Hilali, Muhi El-Dinehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8945-9613