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Diversity of Milk Composition


Diversity of Milk Composition:

The tremendous variation of milk compositions that occurs amoung animals is one of the particularly interesting aspects of lactation biology. This section introduces some of the concepts underlying milk composition diversity.

  • Composition can vary according to:
    • Species
    • Strain or breed of animal
    • Stage of Lactation
    • Stage of milk removal
  • Milk fat is the most variable component.
  • Lactose is the least variable component.

To complete this section, you will need to print out these two pages -

Species Table - printout

Worksheet - printout


Diversity of Composition
Milk Composition & Synthesis
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