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C.R. Farms LLC looking for investors to produce A2 milk By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer Josh Colvin wakes up in the morning and asks himself a hard question. “Why am I doing this to myself again.” It’s a question the dairy farmer has become familiar with as it become increasingly difficult to make ends meet. The owner of C.R. Farms LLC, Colvin has a family of six, more than 60 cows and two jobs to tend to. “It’s not fun anymore,” he said. “When you can’t pay your bills it’s not fun. You get up and go to work knowing you’re not going to pay the bills for that day.” He drives truck on the side, but his passion is still for the family-run dairy farm and the cows he has a soft spot for in his heart. That’s why he’s looking for help. He sees the future, he knows he has the cows that can produce it and he’s hoping investors can get onboard to help him live the dream. Colvin has been breeding cows to produce A2 milk for 15 years, before there was even a market for it. He now sells his milk to Organic Valley, but it’s just organic, not rated for A2 - yet. His dream is to bottle and process his own milk at the land he rents off Threlkeld Lane in Brandy Station, but he needs money to do it. The harsh reality is that farming takes more money than it used to. A longtime dairy farmer, Colvin remembers the words his friend David Burton from Calverton told him. “He said ‘If you can ever get to where you had an extra milk check, you’ll be doing good,’” Colvin said. “Now it takes two extra milk checks.” His truck driving endeavors help some, but that also means he’s away from the farm, leaving his wife Anna to handle the milking responsibilities. He sees hope on the horizon
though, when he can go back to just one job, as long as he can convince investors to see the future of A2 milk. Seeing the future with A2 A2 milk is cow's milk that mostly lacks a form of B-casein proteins called A1 and instead has mostly the A2 form. Colvin recognized the advantages and the trends 15 years ago when he started to breed heifers to produce A2 milk. “I’ve been breeding for A2 milk for close to 15 years,” Colvin said. “When I first started breeding A2 milk, there was only one sire company, Select Sires. They were the only ones that would talk to me about A2. I feel A2 milk is something we need to really look at.” Colvin hasn’t had his cows tested yet, because there’s no market available. Once the market presents itself locally, he said he’s prepared to have his cows tested and be certified as an A2 producer. The trick is having enough cows to produce enough milk to satisfy the demand. At the moment, he’s milking 66 cows. His dream is to bottle and process his own milk, but that will need capital. He estimates that the initial investment will be $1.5 million and it will take three years to be in the black financially. “When we get to that point, I want to get investors interested in it,” Colvin said. “We’re ready to go to A2, but if I don’t have enough A2 to satisfy my market there is a small group of farmers in Pennsylvania that have been breeding for A2 as well.” They receive about 20 pounds of milk per cow per week, which is impressive considering he’s strictly grazing on grass at the moment. He said he does feed grain when there’s ➤ See Milk, Page 7
April 26, 2018