The majority of the herd’s diet is grass based from pasture, dry hay & grass silage.
We supplement their diet with non-gmo feed that is mixed locally to support the vitamin and mineral requirements of the heard. Our feed program is designed for the health of our cows not for higher production.
We operate a low stress milking environment. Our cows are milked once a day. Milking once a day cuts down on stress, strengthens body condition, reduces lameness and improves fertility.
Antibiotics are only used for the health purposes and a licensed veterinarian oversees the use. No Growth Hormones are ever used.
Jersey cows perform well with our mostly grass fed feed program.
Our bulls are 100% A2. But what does that mean to you?
A2 milk is gaining in popularity. But if you’re like most people, you’re probably asking, what is A2 Milk? And what’s the deal with A1 vs. A2 milk? The short answer is that A2 refers to one of two types of milk proteins called casein. Regular milk from cows contains both A1 and A2 casein proteins. But A2 milk only contains A2 protein.
This matters because when digested, A1 proteins break down into beta-casomorphin 7, a molecule that has been preliminarily linked to cardiovascular and autoimmune disease.
Your body digests A2 milk protein in a different way that may have beneficial health effects.
There are two primary proteins in milk, casein and whey. With casein making up 80% of milk protein.
A1 and A2 are variants of a type of casein protein called beta-casein, which makes up 30% of the protein in milk.
Looking back 10,000 years ago, before cows were domesticated, they produced only A2 beta-casein protein. Then around 8,000 years ago a natural single-gene mutation in Holsteins, resulted in the production of A1 beta-casein protein.
Because the holstein breed is the most common dairy cow in North America, Europe, and Australia, the milk in these countries is primarily A1.
By contrast, human, sheep, goat, donkeys, yaks, camel, buffalo, and sheep milks are all A2.
The debate about A1 vs. A2 milk centers on how these proteins affect the body.
The A1 protein is broken down into beta-casomorphin-7. This peptide is absorbed by the intestines and passed into the blood.
Some research suggests that beta-casomorphin-7 plays a role in diseases including:
- Type 1 diabetes,
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Autism (in people with immune deficiencies)
- Schizophrenia (in people with immune deficiencies)
- Sudden infant death syndrome