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Title: 
Assessing heterogeneity of the composition of mare’s milk in Flanders
Author(s): 
L. NAERT, B. VANDE VYVERE, G. VERHOEVEN, L. DUCHATEAU, S. DE SMET, F. COOPMAN
Abstract: 

In this study, the effect of farm, time, season and health was evaluated on the composition ofmare’s milk sold in Flanders. The content of the analyzed components (i.e. fat, fatty acids, protein,lactoferrin, lysozyme, lactose and urea) differed signifi cantly (p < 0.0001) between farms, at a givenmoment in time. Within each farm, large month-to-month variations for most milk components (p< 0.01 to 0.0001) were observed. The variation over time between different farms was smaller. Thesefi ndings indicate that the composition of the mare’s milk consumer portions varies substantiallybetween the different farms and also over time within each farm. Season, nutrition, udder healthand worm burden are believed to contribute signifi cantly to this variation.

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