Mills River Creamery Now Offering New Exciting Products
For generations, our family has supplied fresh milk to the Western North Carolina area. Throughout the decades, we only produced milk that was processed and sold by larger milk companies in the region, but in the fall of 2014, we opened our own small plant in the Mills River community.
Until this fall, we used milk produced from our Holstein herd, but starting on November 12, 2016, we opened the new dairy in Mills River which is the home to a small herd of registered Jerseys. These cows are being fed all non-GMO feed ingredients and will have grass to be turned out on as weather permits. .
Further, we purposely purchased Jersey cows that tested solely for the A2 beta casein. This will enable us to offer a new and exciting product to our customers; this is somewhat a rare product that’s growing in popularity. We’re very excited about this new phase for our business and for our customers.
The difference between A1 and A2
If you don’t work on a dairy farm or you’re not a nutritionist, you may have not realized there’s a difference between A1 and A2 milk. To explain it simply, casein is the largest group of proteins in milk, making up about 80% of the total protein content. Beta-casein is the second most common protein in milk and comes in two forms, A1 and A2.
A1 beta-casein: Produced by Holstein cows and other breeds originating in Northern Europe.
A2 beta-casein: mainly found in breeds originating in Southern France and the Channel Islands, includes the Guernsey, Jersey, Charolais, and Limousin.
Regular milk sold in traditional American grocery stores contains A1 and A2 beta-caseins, while A2 milk only contains the A2 beta-casein and is rarely marketed in our country. Some studies have shown the human body cannot digest the A1 protein very well but can digest the A2 type. Countries that only drink A2 milk have significantly less issues with lactose intolerance and other milk-related digestive issues.
Only a handful of U.S. dairy farms produce A2 milk, but many Americans are craving healthier and purer food and beverage products, such as this type of milk. Further, more and more folks are acquiring allergies and intolerance’s to traditional milk which could be attributed to the A1 protein. Because of these reasons and many others, we’re thrilled about this new adventure at Mills River Creamery and the opportunity to offer this new product to our customers.