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considerations for choosing first cows

 
Emily Aaston
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Hi Adam... I am very much looking forward to reading your book. Recently I have been learning about the differences between A1 and A2 beta casein in cow's milk. It now seems important to me start a herd with guaranteed A2 cows and wonder what your thoughts are on the topic. It has also made me wonder what other factors should be weighed and considered when looking for my first dairy cows. I imagine it can be difficult to find a good source when first starting out. Where would you suggest someone begin to look and what would be the most important considerations when choosing a breed? Thanks!
 
Kelly Smith
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Emily Aaston wrote:Recently I have been learning about the differences between A1 and A2 beta casein in cow's milk. It now seems important to me start a herd with guaranteed A2 cows and wonder what your thoughts are on the topic.


i would love to see some more discussion on this also.

seems odd that we have never been asked whether our milk is a1 or a2 - yet ~45 mins away from me there are people who only sell a2 milk.
some places charge more (like 50% more!) for a2 milk over a1 milk.

we recently got an A2/A2 brown swiss (we have another a1/.a2 swiss also) - and i plan to offer free milk to anyone who wants to do some testing.
i am hoping to find someone that cant drink a1 milk, but can drink a2 milk - that is likely the only way i am ever gonna believe it. for me, to many of the studies are filled with bias and controls i cant verify - so i dont put much faith in them.

 
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