What Is A2 Milk?
A1 and A2 are the two types of beta casein in milk.
Date: 9/16/2008 5:18:42 PM ( 7 y ) ... viewed 3778 times
This question was recently asked at the Raw Dairy Yahoo Group: What is A2 milk?
"It's one of the two types of beta casein in the milk. The other type
is A1. Beta caseins make up 28.4% of the protein in the milk.
Just a few years ago, researchers implicated the A1 beta caseins as
having a part in causing type 1 diabetes. Since then, A1 beta caseins
have also been cited as a health risk for heart disease and autism.
The milk with A2 beta caseins in it is the type that all cows once
gave, a long time ago. Somehow, the A1 beta caseins crept in, mainly
in commercial dairy cows. Today, up to 70% of our commercial dairy
cattle produce A1 milk.
Through DNA testing of the herds, some herds have eliminated their A1
cattle and now produce pure A2 milk. That's not enough, the A2 milk
must be kept separate from being mixed with other milk. A complete
system of collection, transportation and processing has to be in
place in order to get A2 milk to the consumer.
A2 milk is indistinguishable from A1 milk except through DNA testing.
A cow who tests positive for A2 milk will produce A2 milk for her
entire life, regardless of what bull she's bred to.
A bull that is positive for the A2 milk genes will contribute an A2
gene to every calf bred by him. An A2 cow, bred by an A2 bull, will
always produce an A2 calf.
It doesn't take long, just a couple of generations, to convert a herd
to A2. Commercial Dairy cows don't normally last beyond 6 to 8 years
before being replaced by a younger, higher producing cow. By
replacing with A2 cows, the dairy will soon be pure A2.
A2 milk is readily available in the UK, Australia and New Zealand,
but is only available in the Midwest in the US(A). A single A2 dairy has
been established in Firth, Nebraska.
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