Effects of terpenes administration on goats’ milk fatty acid profile and coagulation properties
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The effects of terpenes administration on fatty acids (FA) profile and coagulation properties of goats’ milk were investigated. Eight dairy goats were divided in two balanced groups, representing control (C) and treatment (T), where T group received a mixture of three terpenes (α-pinene, limonene and β-caryophyllene) over a period of 18 days. Rennet clotting time was significantly longer for T goats, while milk FA profile was also modified. The proportion of C16:0 decreased, while C18:3, CLA and MUFA increased. The present study indicated that terpenes intake may have positive effects on FAs profile of goat’s milk, but effects on coagulation properties may lead to a reduced cheese making ability.