NordMilk – characterising milk from native Nordic breeds

Previous studies on the breeds Holstein, Jersey and Swedish Red have shown significant breed differences in milk characteristics. However, milk from the native Nordic breeds has never been systematically characterised. Characterisation of functional and physical, e.g. with respect to suitability for cheese production or health promoting properties would be useful in ensuring a sustainable use of these breeds.

A network of research groups from the Nordic countries has been established, with the aim of generating and coordinating activities on characterising milk from native dairy cattle breeds. NordGen acts as a secretariat for the network. The network is funded by the Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research (NKJ) in 2016-2017.

NordGen furthermore participates in national projects:
1) “SOBCows Specialised organic breeding goals and breeding schemes for dairy cattle” 2014-2018, Denmark. NordGen’s responsibility: Use of native breeds in organic production
2) Bionær project “The potential of quality milk from native endangered dairy cattle breeds” 2014-2016, Norway. NordGen’s responsibility: Planning and statistics