Frequently Asked Questions

What is Protein?

Protein is an important nutrient needed for the growth and repair of cells. Proteins are found in both animal and plant foods.

What is Beta Casein?

On average, milk contains about 3.5% protein, which is made up of casein protein (80%) and whey protein (20%). Beta casein contributes to the casein protein. A1 and A2 are two common forms of beta casein found in cow’s milk, including Dairy Farmers milk.

What is A2 Protein?

A2 is one of the forms of beta casein naturally found in cow’s milk. The % of A2 protein can vary significantly amongst different breeds of cows.

Why A2 Protein?

In response to consumer interest about the type of proteins present in their milk, Dairy Farmers is simply providing consumers with transparent and verified information on the A1 and A2 protein composition of Dairy Farmers milk.

What are the Benefits of A2 Protein in Milk?

Dairy Australia and the Dieticians Association of Australia recommend both A1 and A2 protein as high quality natural sources of protein. Dairy Farmers wants Australians to know that all milk is healthy and full of nutrition. They are taking away the noise and confusion, and replacing it with transparent, verified information on the natural protein content of Dairy Farmers milk.

Exactly How Much A2 is in Dairy Farmers Milk?

Dairy Farmers milk naturally contains A2 protein as well as A1 protein. And of these proteins, our tests to date confirm that 50-70% is A2 protein.

What Sort of Testing Have You Undertaken? Who is Doing This?

We’ve made a significant investment in a specialised testing method to verify the natural composition of A1 and A2 beta casein protein in our milk. The details of this methodology are commercial in confidence.

If I have lactose intolerance can I drink Dairy Farmers milk naturally containing A2 Protein?

Dairy Farmers milk has not changed. It still contains levels of lactose in line with that of standard milk and isn’t suitable for people with clinically diagnosed lactose intolerance.

Is Dairy Farmers products have A2 Protein?

Yes

Do all Dairy Farmers products have A2 Protein?

Dairy Farmers Original, Skim, Lite and New products will include verified information on the A1 and A2 protein composition of Dairy Farmers milk. We have not tested HeartActive, Shape and Kids products specifically so we cannot confirm the amounts of A1 and A2 protein in these products, but most milks typically contain a range of proteins including both A1 and A2 protein.

Does Dairy Farmers milk naturally containing A2 Protein have the same calcium as regular milk?

Yes

Does Dairy Farmers milk taste different?

No. There is no change in the composition of Dairy Farmers milk, which remains pure and natural and therefore great tasting.