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The a2 Milk Company™ Australia has consistently paid our farmers a premium for supply of a2 MilkTM, and we have not reduced our farmgate price during the recent industry downturn.

The a2 Milk Company™ Australia highly values the contribution of our farmers who are all long term partners, and we will continue to pay our farmers a strong and stable farm gate price.

a2 MilkTM is the biggest Australian owned milk brand.  The a2 Milk CompanyTM is listed on the ASX and is about two thirds Australian owned, including approximately 26,000 “mum-and-dad” retail investors.

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 pure and natural dairy milk, permeate and additive free, that is rich in the A2 type of beta-casein protein because it comes from specially selected cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and not A1 protein.

All regular cows’ milk brands today contain a combination of two main types of beta-casein protein, namely A1 and A2. a2 Milk™ is special because it is the only exception to this.

 

What makes a2 Milk™ different to regular cows’ milk is the absence of the A1 protein. It is the A1 protein that many people seek to avoid by switching from regular cows’ milk to a2 Milk™.

 

The a2 Milk Company™ uses comprehensive herd selection to choose cows which don’t produce the A1 protein.

The single most important factor in producing our delicious a2 Milk™ is to find the right dairy cows. Unlike other dairy farmers, our farmers exclusively select cows that naturally produce milk rich in the A2 type of beta-casein. This is done by using a simple and non-invasive DNA test we have developed, which analyses a sample hair from the tail of each dairy cow. These A2-certified cows are then milked separately to produce pure and natural a2 Milk™.

a2 Milk™ does not contain A1 beta-casein protein which has been shown to release the potent opioid BCM-7 on digestion. Opioids in the gut may affect gut motility and absorption processes which may affect digestive wellbeing.

a2 Milk™ is widely available in supermarkets in Australia. Please refer to the find a stockist section.

Yes, a2 Milk™ contains levels of lactose comparable to that of standard milk. If the switch to a2 Milk™ allows you to enjoy all of the significant benefits of dairy again, without disturbance to your digestive wellbeing, this is occurring in the presence of lactose.

a2 Milk™ contains the same quantity of lactose that is found in standard milk and will not resolve any medically diagnosed lactose intolerance.

However, if you have diagnosed lactose intolerance but would still like to consume a2 Milk™, a lactase enzyme supplement may help. An example is “Lacto-Free” mini-tablets which, when used according to directions, will help break down the lactose milk sugar making it possible for you to enjoy dairy products without the symptoms.
To find out more visit lactofree.com.au or call their customer service number on 1800 788 870.

If you’re a health professional, you may wish to review some of the related scientific literature. Citation details are available in the section for Health Professionals.

Cows’ milk allergy is a serious condition and is different to cows’ milk intolerance. If you or your child is known to suffer from a cows’ milk allergy, you should consult your doctor or paediatrician before consuming ANY milk variety, including a2 Milk™.

All milk contains a variety of biologically active factors known to affect the immune system. a2 Milk™ contains all of the proteins that you would find in standard cows’ milk except for the A1 beta-casein protein. Therefore, those people with allergies to the proteins in standard cows’ milk will not be able to drink a2 Milk™.

The major difference is that a2 Milk™ does not contain A1 beta-casein protein, which releases the potent opioid BCM-7 on digestion.

Absolutely not! a2 Milk™ is obtained naturally from cows specially selected for their genetic makeup.

a2™ Thickened Cream, a2™ Jalna Low Fat Natural Creamy Yoghurt and a2™ Instant Whole Milk Powder are available. We are also assessing a wide range of associated a2 Milk™ products. Visit the Find a stockist section for a list of stores for each product in your area.

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

Homogenised 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.

 You can find the nutritional information for each of our products here.  The nutritional information can also be found on the back label of every a2 MilkTM bottle or carton.

Absolutely. It’s 100% produced from local cows and as fresh as fresh can be.

Not necessarily. Some farmers and processors producing a2 Milk™ do follow organic principles, but that is purely incidental. It simply indicates that producers who are interested in the highest standards of natural purity and safety see a2 Milk™ as consistent with their objectives. But non-organic farmers can easily produce a2 Milk™.

a2 Milk™ does not contain any permeate or any other additives which is why it tastes so refreshing, as real milk should taste.

Yes, a2 Milk™ contains roughly the same amounts of calcium and other important minerals as other unfortified milks.

If you are a health professional, please review the scientific resources provided in the section for Health Professionals

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.

Proteins are large biological molecules made up of long chains of amino acids.

a2 Milk™ can be frozen. We suggest freezing some milk in ice trays, to allow for portion control. These portions can be used in tea or coffee. Milk should be placed in the refrigerator and thawed completely prior to using.

There are Australian regulations and guidelines surrounding the rearing and housing of bobby calves and transportation, each of our farmers adhere to these regulations.

The dairy industry is also investing in the following areas to ensure the welfare of bobby calves:

  • Development of resources and training for farmers, through the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia and the Dairy Extension Centre, to ensure farmers are aware of their responsibilities for guaranteeing the fitness of calves destined for sale.
  • A joint project with processors and saleyards to develop training and assessment resources for people that manage and handle bobby calves.
  • A bobby calf traceability trial to ensure whole-of-supply-chain responsibility to manage the welfare of calves

 

The a2 Milk Company™ fully endorses these initiatives.

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