Dutch Meadows Organic Dairy is located on over 90 acres of lush pasture and woodlands in Paradise, Lancaster County. Alvin and Elizabeth Stoltzfus, along with their family run the farm and creamery, producing traditional dairy products with a holistic farming approach. They exclusively raise Dutch Belted cattle, a unique, endangered heritage breed of dairy cattle that has never been genetically altered for high milk production. You’ll find their raw milk and frozen bone broth available at all Kimberton Whole Foods locations.
What’s a Dutch Belted cow?
Dutch Belted cattle are natives of Holland, breeding dates back to beyond the seventeenth century. The original Dutch name – and still used in Holland – is the Lakenfield cattle, Laken meaning a sheet to be wound around the body of the animal. During the 1830’s the Dutched Belted cattle were imported into the United States, however, the breed was almost lost during the 1970s, but numbers have increased because of the dedication of grass-fed dairy farmers.
Taste the Difference!
Dutch Belted cows are a unique, endangered heritage breed of dairy cattle that has never been genetically altered for high milk production. They are very efficient milk producers on a 100% grass-fed diet, however, they produce less milk than conventional breeds, but their milk is nutrient dense with a rich, sweet flavor. Dutch Belt cows are known to produce milk containing a high percentage of A2 type casein protein, making it easy to digest. The extremely small fat globules found in the molecules of their milk, make it “naturally homogenized”, along with a butter fat percentage of 3.5 to 5.5, Dutch Belted cows produce an ideal drinking milk.
What are A2 Type Casein Proteins?
Cows produce milk with different beta-casein proteins, called A1 and A2 (among others). All natural A2 protein digests differently to the A1 protein. Independent research has found that milk only made with A2 proteins is easier to digest than milk containing both.