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AN265: Adding Value to Milk by Increasing Its Conjugated Linoleic Acid Content

Figure 1. Formation of conjugated linoleic acid in the dairy cow. Conjugated linoleic acid is first produced in the rumen from dietary linoleic acid (18:2). Additionally, dietary linoleic and alpha linolenic (18:3) acids are converted to vaccenic acid (18:1 t-11), which escapes to the mammary gland, where it is enzymatically converted to conjugated linoleic acid. (Photo credit: Kabsik Park, used with permission under Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license)