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Ordinary cows’ milk contains 2 types of beta-casein protein, A1 and A2. a2 Milk® is natural milk that comes from selected cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and no A1. Research has shown the A2 protein is digested differently to A1.

There are many people who feel uncomfortable after they drink ordinary milk or lactose-free milk, yet they can enjoy a2 Milk® without discomfort – so this one small protein difference makes a big difference to many people.

Learn more about the a2 Milk® story

In most cases, yes.  However, children with a medically diagnosed allergy to cows’ milk protein or lactose should not drink a2 Milk® or any ordinary cows’ milk.  Doctors recommend whole milk for children over 12 months and reduced fat 2% milk, including reduced fat a2 Milk®, for children over the age of two.

The key difference is in the type of cow, because different cows naturally produce milk with different proteins.  All ordinary milk has a mixture of A1 and A2 proteins. Yet a2 Milk® only contains the A2 protein and no A1.

Research shows A1 and A2 are digested differently and many people who have issues drinking ordinary milk can easily enjoy milk if they drink a2 Milk®. They tell us it just feels better in their bodies.

Our farmers select cows that produce only A2 beta-casein. Then, they milk those cows separately. That a2 Milk® then goes through its own, special journey all the way to the pack you buy in the store, so you can rest assured it's never mixed in with milk containing A1.

Learn more about the a2 Milk® difference.

Yes, a2 Milk® is naturally occurring cows’ milk; it’s not a result of a technological process or genetic engineering. We simply select cows that produce only A2 protein.

a2 Milk® is real, natural milk, and contains the same amount of lactose as ordinary cows’ milk, so it’s not an option for people who have been clinically diagnosed with lactose intolerance.

However, data from an independent US study (published in 2009) shows that 1 in 4 Americans have discomfort after drinking milk and most of these people are diagnosing themselves as lactose intolerant without evaluation by a health care professional. The research shows only a small proportion would actually be diagnosed as lactose intolerant. We’ve found the majority are just likely to have a sensitivity to the A1 protein.

Learn more about Lactose Intolerance.

 

Milk is a nutritional powerhouse! a2 Milk® has all the nutritional density of ordinary milk with the added benefit that a2 Milk® can bring you a digestive advantage. Many people report they feel a difference when they drink a2 Milk® and that it just feels better in their bodies. Try it for yourself.

The humane treatment of animals is of the utmost importance to us, which is why our dairies are Animal Welfare Certified by Validus.

We work with sustainable family farmers. All of their farms are certified for the humane treatment of animals.  We guarantee that our cows are not treated with growth hormones or rBST and our milk is antibiotic free.

The Validus Dairy Animal Welfare Review Program has been approved as a USDA Process Verified Program. This program designation is designed to assure customers of a consistent, quality product or service through independent, third-party audits. The USDA Process Verified Program uses ISO 9000 type standards for evaluating quality management systems for their approved programs. To qualify, a company must submit a documented quality management system and successfully pass extensive onsite audits and customer interviews. Visit ValidusCertified.com to learn more about Validus Certification.

Firstly, a2 Milk® is a completely real, and naturally occurring milk in every way.  It contains about 6 times the natural levels of calcium as soy milk, approximately 8 times the natural protein levels of almond milk and 6 times the potassium levels of most rice milks.

Because of this many alternative milks are then fortified with additional vitamins and minerals like calcium and protein. However because the goodness in a2 Milk® is naturally occurring, these essential ingredients are more easily absorbed than with alternative manufactured milks.

More than ever before, consumers want reassurance the dairy products they consume are produced on farms where animals are raised and treated humanely.

Validus Animal Welfare Review Certification is awarded to farms (such as a2 Milk Farms) that follow stringent animal welfare guidelines. Farms that receive animal welfare certification undergo a detailed audit of their on-farm animal welfare practices. Certification is awarded to farms which demonstrate compliance with the animal welfare criteria and standards established for their operation, including:

  • Humane animal handling and management
  • Herd health procedures and care
  • Food and water quality standards
  • Housing that promotes animal comfort and cleanliness
  • Proper management of special needs animals

While we’re not seeking organic certification at this point, we guarantee that our milk is free of hormones and antibiotics.  It’s important to remember that all milk currently sold in America, whether it’s organic or not, is a mix of A1 and A2 protein and therefore cannot offer the unique health benefits of a2 Milk®.  We’re in the early stages of our introduction and work with farmers of all types as we expand and grow.

All you have to do is look right on a carton of a2 Milk for the Validus Certification Seal:

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We have a number of unique quality steps that we employ within our proprietary a2 System™ to ensure you get 100% a2 Milk® of the finest quality, and with no A1 protein.  Cows that produce only the A2 protein make up approximately 30% of a typical dairy herd.

We work with our farmers, using The a2 System™, to establish a True a2™ certified herd. These cows are then segregated, cared for and milked separately from any other cows.

With The a2 System™, the milk then goes through its own, special journey all the way to the carton you buy in the store, so you can rest assured of its quality and also that it’s never mixed in with milk containing A1.

Absolutely. a2 Milk® is 100% produced from US cows and not imported.

We’re in the early stages of our introduction and are building a network of farmers across the US.

The humane treatment of animals is of the utmost importance to us.

We work with sustainable family farmers. All of their farms are certified for the humane treatment of animals.  We guarantee that our cows are not treated with growth hormones or rBST and our milk is antibiotic free.

The majority of our milk comes from pasture-raised cows. This means that cows have daily access to outdoor pastures, are never given added hormones, and are fed an all vegetarian, plant-based diet.

Every carton of a2 Milk will meet our strict criteria of safety, quality and wholesomeness, conform to all relevant legal requirement and most importantly bring milk pleasure to our consumers everyday.

Our cows are not treated with growth hormones or rBST and our milk is antibiotic free.

We are the only pure and certified a2 Milk® in the USA. All ordinary milk has some A2 protein in it but also A1 protein. But cows that produce 100% pure a2 Milk® (A1 protein-free) make up only about 30% of an ordinary herd. We are absolutely the only company that is certified to produce 100% pure a2 Milk® with no A1 protein.

a2 Milk® is pure, natural milk that anyone can drink (unless they have been clinically diagnosed with lactose intolerance or a milk protein allergy). Because it may be easier to digest for those who are milk sensitive, a2 Milk® may be the only carton you need in your ‘fridge.

Proteins are large biological molecules made up of long chains of amino acids and are an essential part of any diet.

Beta-casein is a type of protein that makes up one third of the protein in milk. It is a high quality milk protein that is a source of essential amino acids, as well as peptides. It assists with natural calcium absorption.

Learn more about the differences between A1 and A2 beta-caseins

Yes. a2 Milk® looks like ordinary milk, tastes like real and natural milk and contains the same amounts of calcium and other important minerals and nutrients as ordinary cows’ milk.  It might also interest you to know a2 Milk® has approximately 6 times the natural calcium levels of soy milk.

Yes. a2 Milk® is real, natural milk, and contains the same amount of lactose as ordinary cows’ milk, so it’s not an option for people who have been clinically diagnosed with lactose intolerance.

a2 Milk® is real, natural milk, so it contains the same quantity of lactose that is found in ordinary cows’ milk and will not resolve any medically diagnosed lactose intolerance.

However, many people who are self-diagnosed, rather than clinically diagnosed by a health care professional, find that they’re able to drink and enjoy a2 Milk® without any of their previous symptoms.

This indicates that they may be reacting to the A1 beta-casein protein and not the lactose. So, if you haven’t been clinically diagnosed as lactose intolerant, a2 Milk® may be a choice for you.

Our product is additive free. It’s been fortified with Vitamins A and D, which is the required standard for all ordinary cows’ milk in the US.

You can find nutritional information on every carton of a2 Milk® or under each of our products on our products page.

Homogenized milk has been treated to disperse the cream layer containing the milk fat throughout the milk. Homogenized milk generally has a longer shelf life than un-homogenized milk. Most milk available in the US is homogenized.

Ultra pasteurization is a method of heating milk for a short time to kill off bacteria which would cause the milk to spoil.

In general, the RDA is 1000mg a day, which is the equivalent of three 8-oz glasses of milk.

We believe so.  a2 Milk® does not contain A1 beta-casein protein, which has been linked to inflammation in the gut. Inflammation has been shown to cause GI distress and discomfort.  This is why independent scientific studies support that a2 Milk® gives you a digestive advantage over ordinary cows’ milk.

Cows’ milk allergy is a condition that is different to cows’ milk intolerance. If you or your child are known to suffer from a cows’ milk allergy, you should consult your health care professional before consuming ANY milk variety, including a2 Milk®.

Not at all. a2 Milk® is a naturally occurring cows’ milk, not a result of a technological process or genetic engineering. a2 Milk® comes from specially selected cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and no A1.

Generally, it’s accepted that the Guernsey and Jersey breeds of cattle have a higher incidence of the A2 protein naturally found in their milk. Holstein and Friesian breeds carry the A1 and A2 genes in roughly equal proportions.

However, unless you regularly test and certify your herds, you cannot be certain. Thus, one can only generalise about a herd’s collective A2 beta-casein production unless it’s properly and regularly tested.

Our cows have a plant-based diet of grass and grain.  We’re in the early stages of our introduction and, as with all dairy farms, the diet of our cows is dependent on their location and whether their climate allows them to be completely pasture-fed.

It’s important for a cow’s diet to be a healthy balance of protein, fat, fiber, etc. and we work closely with our farmers to achieve this.  Our farmers have different feeding approaches depending on farm location, season and feed availability.

There’s a possibility that some of our cows’ diet could include GMO corn.  This is because an adequate diet that’s free from any genetically modified ingredients is hard to come by in large quantities in the USA.

We’re in the early stages of our introduction and, at this point, we require that our farmers feed their cows a plant-based diet and treat their animals humanely.

a2 Milk® is exclusively brought to you by The a2 Milk Company™.  Our company was founded in New Zealand in 2000 by Dr. Corran McLachlan, based on an amazing scientific discovery that cows produce different milk proteins that affect people differently. He learned that many people who had discomfort after drinking ordinary cows’ milk were able to drink a2 Milk® comfortably.  From there, The a2 Milk Company™ was formed.

In Australia, our most established market, it’s been a real success story.   Milk consumption has been steadily increasing since the growth of a2 Milk® – we believe it’s because a2 Milk® helps bring people back to the pleasures and nutritional goodness that can only come from real and natural milk. We single-mindedly pioneer scientific understanding and operational know-how of natural a2 Milk® products around the world.

Yes. a2 Milk® is available in whole milk, 2%, 1% and fat-free in half-gallon cartons.  And yes, we hear you on the chocolate milk.  We’re working on it!

Yes, a2 Milk® can be frozen.

a2 Milk® is currently available in several US states, and we’re growing by the day!  To find your nearest store, please use our store finder.

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