Camel Milk in Australia!
The last ten years has seen a dramatic increase in interest in the use of camel milk for health reasons. Scientists and researchers are now sufficiently intrigued in the Bioactive ingredients in camel milk to stand up and take notice, moving the scrutiny of camel milk and its health benefits into the realms of international study. The increase in global demand for camel milk has given birth to a handful of camel dairies of all sizes here in Australia.
Humpalicious Camel Milk is just one of these emerging Australian dairies, but what separates Humpalicious from the pack, is the company's unique approach to farming and production. Humpalicious practices a small scale, chemical free approach to farming and utilises 100% stand alone renewable energy (sun and wind) to create their milk products.
It has been proven scientifically that camel milk is of immense nutritional benefit, in fact it has a long history of medicinal use in the middle east. Camel milk contains a high proportion of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral substances as well as high concentrations of potassium, magnesium, copper, sodium, zinc, iron, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, volatile acids, especially linoleic acids and polyunsaturated acids. It is also a great source of Protein and healthy fats.
Research is beginning to show that the regular drinking of camel milk helps to strengthen the human immune system via a series of protective proteins such as lysozyme, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, immunoglobulin G, and immunoglobulin A.
Camel milk lacks β-casein and other major allergens, which are present in other milks (cow, sheep, goat). So it's awesome news for those with lactose intolerance or casein allergy.
Moreover, camel milk is an excellent source of α-hydroxy acids, which are gaining intense recognition in the treatment of skin disorders and maintenance.
Camel milk is currently being studied for its medicinal properties in patients with disorders ranging from diabetes, autism to cancer.
You can buy camel milk products here.
Camels were first introduced to Australia around 1840 to help explore the vast desertous interior of the nation. The Afghans (or Ghans) were extremely competent at working lines of camels and had great knowledge about the care of their charges.
The animals and their handlers helped in the development of vital transport links, such as the Ghan train link between Darwin and Adelaide. By the turn of the 20th century, camel trains were providing transport for almost every major Australian inland development project. These included hauling poles, wire and boulders for the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line and stations, carrying sleepers, food, water and supplies to the men building the desert railways to Oodnadatta and Alice Springs and hauling equipment for the Transcontinental Railway from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie from 1912 to 1917.
So why were camels chosen as work 'horses' for these incredible feats? Camels could go days without water and did not need shoeing like horses. They thrived on the native shrubs including saltbush, wattle, mulga and acacia. They were ready for light pack work at three years of age and lived to be at least 40 years old, twice that of horses.
Between 1840 and 1907, between 10,000 and 20,000 camels were imported from India with an estimated 50-65% landed in South Australia.
After their use was superseded by modern transport, many camels were shot by police, but some Afghan cameleers released their camels into the wild rather than allow them to be shot, and a large population of camels remains in Australia today.
Australia may now have the largest wild population of Arabian camels (Camelus dromedarius) in the world. They live in most of Australia’s desert country including the Great Sandy, Gibson, Great Victoria and Simpson deserts.
So thankyou to the Afghan cameleers who just didn't have the heart to shoot their furry friends. Let us utilise these amazing creatures and their milk. Government reports into the camel milk industry have predicted huge increases in Australian camel milk production between 2016 and 2021.