When a doctor told me not to eat dairy anymore because they thought it was causing my stomach discomfort issues, I was quite bummed. After all, I am a dairy farmer. How could I expect others to drink my milk if I couldn't myself?
So, I began my research and looked into a topic I had learned about some years earlier, A2 milk. As I was looking into it, I could not find any local products to purchase, which began my brainstorming ideas. After learning it was a genetic gene in cows, I quickly switched our breeding program to include only bulls of the A2A2 gene; that was seven years ago. Our herd is now well over 50% A2A2.
That was only the beginning of my ideas.
After learning I could purchase A2 milk at our local health food store but not cheese or any other products, I began my journey in cheese production. Oh, what a journey it was. I connected with some very helpful people and finally got all of the puzzle pieces put together. It certainly did not happen overnight, and many hurdles to overcome along the way. It was a great learning experience and something very much out of my comfort level.
It seems we have found a niche market in our area as we produce seven varieties of A2 cheese: Dad's Classic Cheddar, Mootime Mozzarella, Farmstead Feta, Haystack Jack, Jumpin Jack, Country Lane Colby and Champ's Delight. Each one is named after something meaningful to our family farm. You can check out all the details and much more on our website of Clear View Dairy. I invite you to check out the page and read about our sixth-generation farm.
Sometimes you have to follow your dreams even if you do not know where they will lead or turn out; at least the satisfaction will be there knowing you tried. Maybe, just maybe it will turn out great.