Effects of terpene administration on goats' milk fatty acid profile and coagulation properties
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The effects of terpene administration on fatty acid (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 the treatment 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 the treatment group goats, while their milk FA profile was also modified. The proportion of C16:0 decreased, while C18:3, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) increased. This study indicated that terpene intake may have positive effects on the FA profile of goats' milk, but effects on coagulation properties may lead to a reduced cheesemaking ability. © 2018 Society of Dairy Technology.