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Cheesemakers contributing to Americans' Omega-3 intake: Wisconsin Dairy News

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MARSHFIELD, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Despite the recommendation to increase intake of essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids, American's consumption remains low.  

In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News, See how a few dairy farmers and cheesemakers in central Wisconsin are helping.

Making cheese at Nasonville Dairy is nothing new, but the milk that's being used for the company's select line of cheeses is a little bit different.

Tom Torkelson the Master Cheesemaker at Nasonville Dairy says, "It's definitely a different product, and I don't know why. I've looked at all the compositions of the milk and the compositions fall in line with our milk, but it's definitely different. It's a different animal in the vat."

The "animal" he's talking about is the milk. And this milk is slightly different due to increased Omega 3 which is found naturally in the milk. It all starts on the farm with what the cows eat.

"We've been feeding them the rate of three to four pounds per head per day, and what it does is it seems to pull more omega threes through the blood stream into the milk, and then into your dairy products or anything that milk is composed of," says Toby Hovde a Dairy Nutritionist, Heartland Co-op.

Using feeding protocols, dairy nutritionists have developed a way to increase the amount of Omega 3s.

"You test cheese or dairy products and there is already some omega 3 already in there, but we're able to enhance those, and increase the omega 3s, and decrease the omega 6s in the dairy products," says Brian Streveler, the Feed & Grain Manager at Heartland Co-op.

Farmers participating in the program have seen benefits that include better herd heath, increased reproduction, and premium prices for their milk.

"There's nothing that changed in the routine, we still feed the cattle the same way, it's just the ingredient that we put in the feed that makes the difference," says Dennis Engel, Owner of Clark Co-Line Dairy.

A difference in overall health benefits, but not in the taste of these fine cheeses.

"If we can get omega threes through our dairy products that people like to eat, and can get in their routine, I think it's just a great plan," added Dennis.

And that's Wisconsin Dairy News!

Learn more about Omega Valley Farms by logging on to www.omegavalleyfarmers.com.

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