Effect of mare’s breed on the fatty acid composition of milk fat
R. Pietrzak-Fiećko, R. Tomczyński, A. Świstowska, Z. Borejszo, E. Kokoszko, K. Smoczyńskahttps://doi.org/10.17221/1683-CJASCitation:Pietrzak-Fiećko R., Tomczyński R., Świstowska A., Borejszo Z., Kokoszko E., Smoczyńska K. (2009): Effect of mare’s breed on the fatty acid composition of milk fat. Czech J. Anim. Sci., 54: 403-407.
Gas chromatography and IDF Standard method (1999) were used to analyze the fatty acid composition of milk fat of mares originating from the following breeds: 10 of Wielkopolska breed, 10 Konik Polski Horses, and 9 Polish Cold-blooded Horses. Eighty-seven mare’s milk samples were collected in the years 2000–2002. Unsaturated fatty acids were shown to prevail in the milk fat of mares of Wielkopolska breed (61.32%) and of Konik Polski mares (52.58%) whereas saturated acids prevailed in the milk fat of Cold Blooded mares (54.95%). The study revealed that the fatty acid composition of the investigated groups of mares was breed-specific. Of course, the impact of other uncontrolled factors such as nutrition is not excluded, either.Keywords:fatty acids; mare’s milk; breed