Guernsey milk contains many benefits over average milk*. These are some of the reasons why MyShan Dairy has chosen to remain a Guernsey only herd.
12% more protein
30% more cream
33% more vitamin D
25% more vitamin A
15% more calcium
90% of Guernseys carry the Kappa Casein ‘B’ gene. This gene allows for a firmer and overall better cheese.
Something unique about Guernsey milk is that it is golden in color. The golden Guernsey milk is because of the abundance of beta carotene. There is beta carotene in their feed and Guernsey’s don’t break down beta carotene like other dairy breeds, so it goes straight into their milk for the consumer. Beta carotene is an antioxidant and has many health benefits.
But, the main reason consumers should consider switching to Guernsey only dairy is because of the A2 beta casein that Guernsey’s have.
As cows have become a domesticated breed they have formed a mutation in their DNA and their milk has switched from an A2/A2 protein to a more prevalent A1/A1 gene. Ninety percent of Guernsey’s have stayed A2/A2. Read more about what the gene is and how it affects milk here. But the gist is that A2 over A1 means overall more health benefits to the consumer and easier digestion. Read more about digestion here. Those of you who are lactose intolerant will be able to consume Guernsey milk with less difficulty and side effects than average milk.
*Average milk refers to milk that can be bought in store and is typically a mix of milk from different breeds, but predominantly from Holstein cows.