May 28, 2007 / 7:44 AM / 12 years ago

Low fat milk, straight from down "udder"

A glass of milk in an undated file photo. Scientists at a New Zealand dairy firm are breeding a herd that, due to a mutant gene, produces milk that contains less fat and makes butter that spreads straight out of the fridge, the New Zealand Herald reported. REUTERS/PRNewsFoto/California Milk Processor Board/Handout

WELLINGTON (Reuters Life!) - New Zealand scientists are working on producing low-fat milk straight from the udder.

Scientists at a New Zealand dairy firm are breeding a herd that, due to a mutant gene, produces milk that contains less fat and makes butter that spreads straight out of the fridge, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The newspaper said the herd was being bred from a single cow, named Marge, whose unusual milk was discovered during a routine screening program by dairy company Fonterra.

Although the product would not be ready to be marketed for another 5 to 10 years, the herd’s location is being kept secret.

The company would not say how much was being spent on research and development, the paper added.

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