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What’s the Deal with Milk Proteins and Heritage Dairy Products?

November 20, 2019

There are two types of protein found in cow’s milk - beta-casein and whey. Beta-casein can be divided into two types - A1 and A2.  There’s much research that supports the idea that cow’s milk with a dominant or singular A2 protein type is an easier-to-digest milk. In the US dairy industry, however, A-1 dominant cows are more common, which means if you’re buying your milk from a big box grocery store or another conventional source, it’s highly likely that the milk will be abundant with A1 protein. This often leads to difficult digestion and/or other uncomfortable reactions.

Dutch Meadows not only possesses the ability to produce organic raw dairy from Heritage cows like Jersey, Fresian, and Dutch Belt, we also offer A2 raw dairy products. One of our latest specialty products to hit the shelves is Raw Heritage Butter.

Ask any seasoned chef or culinary expert and they won’t hesitate a second in confirming that quality butter makes all the difference in any recipes, especially when baking. This is why, with the holiday baking season hot on our tail, we couldn’t be more excited about introducing a limited product that’s a blend of organic raw* cream from Heritage cows like Jersey, Fresian, and Dutch Belt. 

This butter is small batch churned and hand packed by our wonderful team here at the farm. The attention to detail is unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere and our use of 100% grass fed milk really comes through in the rich, robust flavor. 

Just like meat, butter has been targeted as an unhealthy component to the average diet. Although we always recommend you communicate with your preferred health professional about your specific diet, that doesn’t change the fact that grass fed butter, like grass fed meat, cannot be lumped in with all non-grassfed butters. The elements derived from the natural diet of a grass-fed cow create a different texture, color, nutrients, and minerals, which in turn causes that butter to react differently to cooking methods, such as heating, as well as react differently to your digestion process. We know you’ll find that difference to be a relief from the norm, or if you already are a regular consumer of our raw dairy, then you know the positive differences we’re talking about. If it’s the latter, then we hope you’ll spread the joy of grass-fed goodness with a friend, especially in the spirit of the holiday!

Dave Stoltzfus

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