Scientists Gain Insights into and with Cereal Flakes

After generations of humans had been pouring cows’ milk onto breakfast cereal flakes and then pouring that milk/flake mixture into themselves, a researcher named Luigi Degano fed breakfast cereal to 21 cows in Italy. Degano wanted to see how this might affect the milk that later issued from the cows.

Degano, based at the Istituto Sperimentale Lattiero Caseario in Milan, published the results of this feed-flakes-to-cows experiment in 1993, in the journal Tecnica Molitoria.

Degano called the study Cereal Flakes in Milk Cows Diet. Effects on Yield and Milk Quality. He reported that yes, mixing plenty of maize-and-barley flakes into the cows’ usual, unflaked maize-and-barley fodder did result in different milk. Slightly different….

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian

BONUS: Bodkin’s odd patent for “Breakfast Cereal With Milk Pieces”, (described in the column):