There has been much buzz in the milk market about A2 milk and its health benefits but not a lot of follow up information about why this milk claims to be better than any other. Hopefully I can clear this up for you while also explaining why our milk is not marketed as A2.

Morbi vitae purus dictum, ultrices tellus in, gravida lectus.

Milk is a great source of protein in our diets and the Beta-Casein protein makes up 30% of that protein. A1 and A2 are two variants of Beta-Casein. It is believed that traditionally milk mainly contained the A2 protein but with changes to breeding and technology, the A1 gene has become more prevalent. This is hard to substantiate without genetically testing milk from 100 years ago, but it is the belief of some. The body absorbs these two variant proteins differently, and while some of us can drink any milk without consequence, others find that they have symptoms like stomach discomfort, gas, bloating and other symptoms similar to those of lactose intolerance.

*I would like to note at this point that Lactose Intolerance is an intolerance to a completely different component of milk.

In 2000 and New Zealand scientist patented a genetic test which could be done using cow hair, to determine if they would produce milk with the A2 dominant protein. This scientist then went on to start A2 Dairy company and the buzz began. There are many claims in the marketplace and the science behind this one is still a little murky 22 years later. For many of us in the industry, the ethics of a milk company holding the patent to a test which is supposed to benefit human health doesn’t sit well. Our research into the process of testing our cows for this gene found it to be cost prohibitive, and I don’t think any of us could bear to say goodbye to our favourite cow if she happened to test negative for the A2 gene.

We see more health benefits in providing a product to our customers which is NOT homogenised and IS farm fresh. Milk itself is beneficial for your health, so there is no need for us to make extra health claims against it.

Shake, pour and enjoy!

Posted by Lisa – Jersey Fresh.