Product innovation and community support has enabled Bailys Dairy in West Chester to stand strong amidst the struggles of the American dairy industry, writes J.F. Pirro for Main Line Today.
The fourth-generation family business is run by Bernard Baily and his daughters Meredith Baily Parsons and Becky Baily.
It produces 100-percent-natural, hormone-free milk and dairy products. For the last three decades, the family has developed the award-winning, grass-fed American Lineback. The rest of its herd consists of purebred Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, and Dairy Shorthorn cattle.
“We have such a mix,” said Meredith.
The herd produces between 1,500-1,600 gallons of raw milk each week, with most sold to co-op by Land O’Lakes. The rest is bottled and sold to local markets and restaurants, and in the farm’s own store.
To stay competitive, the Bailys are planning to convert from traditional A1 milk to an A2 protein supply, which is less likely to trigger allergies for those who are lactose intolerant.
“Some say they can’t drink milk,” said Bernard. “But I can tell you that people who can’t drink other milk can drink ours.”
Read more about Bailys Dairy in Main Line Today here.