The dairy industry is heading for a revolution and farmers should be taking action to future-proof their businesses now, Keith Woodford says.

Growing international demand for A2 milk was a major threat to the industry, Woodford told about 50 people at a Rural Business Network (RBN) meeting in Hawera.

A2 milk comes from cows that naturally produce milk with the A2 version of beta-casein, rather than the A1 version of the protein, which can impact the digestive system and has been linked to ailments including irritable bowel syndrome, eczema and diabetes.

A farm consultant and former agribusiness professor at Lincoln University, Woodford is the author of Devil in the Milk, a book on the A1 versus A2 debate. He said New Zealand farmers needed to start working towards converting their herds to 100 per cent A2 animals. 

NZ Farmer

Back to Latest