In Business: Menahga Family Is First in Minnesota to Produce A2 Milk

In Business: Menahga Family Is First in Minnesota to Produce A2 Milk


THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR.>>YEAH, SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR FOR HIM.>>THANKS, CHAZ.>>>A FAMILY IN MENAHGA IS THE FIRST FAMILY IN THE STATE THAT BREEDS A2 COWS, WHICH PRODUCE A2 MILK. MOST COWS PRODUCE MILK WITH BOTH A1 AND A2 PROTEINS WHICH COULD CAUSE DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS, BUT THIS FAMILY’S FARM ONLY PRODUCES MILK WITH A2 PROTEIN. FOR THIS WEEK’S IN BUSINESS, REPORTER DESTINY WIGGINS VISITED THE FAMILY’S FARM WHERE SHE WAS ABLE TO GET THE DETAILS ON HOW THIS FAMILY’S BUSINESS IS PROVIDING VARIETY IN THEIR COMMUNITY.>>TEN FINNS CREAMERY IS A FAMILY BUSINESS BUILT IN APRIL OF 2019 AND PROVIDES THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH AN ALTERNATIVE MILK OPTION KNOWN AS A 2 MILK.>>WE OFFER A 2 MILK. I HAD READ ABOUT A 2 MILK ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO, AND I STARTED BREEDING ALL MY COWS WITH THE A 2 GENE. IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS OF — [INAUDIBLE]. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND THIS WOULD HOPEFULLY BE A FUTURE WHERE OUR KIDS CAN TAKE ON THE FARM AND THEN ALWAYS BE PROFITABLE.>>ON AVERAGE, THE COWS CAN PRODUCE OVER A THOUSAND GALLONS EACH DAY, WHERE 240 HALF GALLONS CAN BE RAN IN THE FAMILY’S CREAMERY.>>IT GETS PUMPED OVER FROM THE MILK COWS INTO THIS TANK HERE IN THE CREAMERY. FROM THERE IT GETS BROUGHT OVER TO THE PASTEURIZER. IT GOES INTO THE CARTONS AND IT SEALS THEM.>>TWO YEARS AGO THE FAMILY RAN A DNA TEST ON THEIR COWS AND DISCOVERED 60% OF THOSE COWS HAD THE A 2 GENE. FROM THAT POINT ON THE FAMILY OWN PURCHASED COWS WITH THE A 2 GENE BECAUSE THOSE ONLY PRODUCE A 2 MILK.>>PRODUCE A 1 PROTEINS OR A 2 PROTEINS IN THEIR MILK. A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE LACTOSE INTOLERANT, A LOT OF TIMES IT IS NOT THE CASE. THEY ARE A 1 PROTEIN INTOLERANT.>>AS THE DEMAND GROWS THEY HOPE TO RUN THEIR MILK THROUGH THEIR OWN CREAMERY.>>IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE CONSUMERS. THAT’S WHAT THEY NEED. THE STORES CO-OPS CAN’T HEAR FROM US. THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM CONSUMERS. IF PEOPLE WANT OUR MILK THEY NEED TO GO TO THEIR LOCAL STORES AND REQUEST IT AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL GET ENOUGH REQUEST THAT THEY WILL CONTACT US.>>THE FAMILY’S BUSINESS NAME WAS INSPIRED BY THEIR HERITAGE AND TEN CHILDREN WHO HELP FEED, MILK, BREED AND NAME THE COWS. REPORTING FOR THIS WEEK’S IN

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