Special Issue "Small Ruminant Dairy Products: Improving Content of Bioactive Components"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Small Ruminants".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Nurit Argov-Argaman
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Guest Editor
Hebrew Univ Jerusalem, Dept Anim Sci, Robert H Smith Fac Agr Food & Environm, IL-91905 Jerusalem, Israel.
Interests: mammary gland; metabolism; milk; lipid; bioactive molecule

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Small ruminants provide a great opportunity to improve the quality of dairy products. The variety of breeds and management practices, from extensive, to semi-intensive and intensive management, as well as the variety of diets that can sometime consist of a high content of secondary metabolites, provide a unique opportunity to the dairy industry to produce dairy products which deliver not only macronutrients, but also bioactives that enhance the benefits of milk consumption.

Milk is one of the main sources of macro and micronutrients in the Western diet. In recent years, the opportunity to enrich human diet with bioactive components through milk and dairy product consumption has been pursued. Two major strategies have been developed to enrich milk with bioactive compounds: postharvest, through supplementing chemicals such as minerals and antioxidants and fats to milk and dairy products, or preharvest, by enriching dairy animals’ rations with additives. The postharvest approach has its advantages, including faster and highly reproducible, standardized composition of the end-product, whereas the preharvest approach has some significant benefits in terms of the bioavailability and functionality of the biomolecules and additives transferred into milk.

This Special Edition will cover any topic including nutrition, physiology, genetics, microbiology, product technology, and management, which can be utilized to improve small ruminant products’ quality, efficiency, and sustainability.

Prof. Nurit Argov-Argaman
Guest Editor

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  • dairy
  • nutrition
  • bioactive
  • antioxidant
  • quality
  • health
  • sustainability

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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