October 17, 2013
Oaklands Milk now from A2 dairy herds.
Local dairy farmer Julian Raine, has announced that all Oakland’s milk naturally contains A2 beta casein proteins. He
says “Centuries ago all cow’s milk contained this protein but as dairy herds around the world have been bred and
selected for higher production the incidence of the A1 variation has increased.”
Through genetic testing Mr Raine has been able to select cows from his two Nelson dairy herds that have only the A2
gene. These cows are milked separately and it is only this pasteurised milk that is currently sold through vending
machines located at Oakland’s farm gate.
Mr Raine says, “Milk from cows that only produce the A2 beta casein proteins is regarded by some to be beneficial for
allergy sufferers, aiding symptoms from gut allergies, skin rashes, ear infections, hay fever and coughs.” He continues
“We’re pleased to be able to offer this option for those customers who consider it to be important. Ensuring that we are
producing milk for sale from our farm gate with the A2 beta casein proteins fits well with our family business ethos of
providing our customers with information on the quality and origin of the milk they buy from us.”
Later this month Mr Raine plans to expand customer choice at the farm gate further by offering both raw milk and
pasteurised milk (both from cows that only produce the A2 beta casein proteins) from separate vending machines.