Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Project

The RC&D began a partnership in 2001 with Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, the Coulee Region Organic Producers Pool (CROPP) in LaFarge, Wisconsin, and various dairy and beef producers from NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin. The partnership focused on researching CLA, a unique fatty acid found in animals and many foods derived from them. Results from prior studies demonstrate that CLA clearly decreases formation of tumors in experimental animals. CLA also has been implicated to have several other health benefits including protection against heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The questions these partners want answers to include, “How should producers manage dairy and beef herds for high CLA content?” and “Can we quantify the human health benefits associated with consumption of beef and dairy products high in CLA?”

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