Q: What is the difference between cow’s milk and camel milk?
A: Camel milk has 25% less fat and 25% less lactose than cow’s milk. It is higher in Potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and sodium. Lower in cholesterol. It also has naturally occurring antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Q: Can my child drink it?
A: Yes! Our pasteurised camel milk is safe for children and adults alike. It is not recommended in infants under 12 months due to the higher protein levels.
Q: If I have a dairy intolerance can I drink camel’s milk?
A: People that are intolerant to dairy have been known to be able to drink camels milk.
If you are considering drinking camel milk consult with your GP before consuming.
Q: Why does it cost so much?
A: The cost to produce camel milk is significantly higher than cows; firstly Camels produce a much lower yield of milk compared to a cow. They also differ from cows in that you cannot milk a camel without a calf to suckle. This means the calf shares the milk with us for up to 18 months. So there are more costs involved in caring for the animals.
Q: Why does it have a white cream layer on top?
A: The white layer that gathers on the top of the camel’s milk is the fat (cream). We don’t homogenise. Homogenisation is the process of breaking the fat molecules down so that they mixed in the milk rather than separating as a cream on top. A quick shake soon mixes the layer back in to the milk. As we say nothing added, nothing taken. Milk tasting as milk should.
Q: Can I buy raw camel milk?
A: It is illegal to sell raw milk in Victoria for human consumption. However, our lab testing that we conducted shows that raw and pasteurised milk have comparable properties.
Q: Is there anything added to the milk when it is pasteurised?
A: We add or take nothing but love to our milk. The milk is pasteurised which means it is heated to 63 degrees making sure that there are no harmful pathogens in the milk. This ensures our camel milk is safe to drink.
Q: What are the health benefits of drinking camel milk?
A: There are multitudes of added health benefits to drinking camel’s milk. The higher levels of vitamins and minerals just alone are a huge benefit. There is lots of data from around the world stating the health benefits in aiding certain diseases and conditions. Camel milk is also lower in fat and contains vitamin C, Iron, magnesium and calcium. It is also lower in saturated fats. It also has naturally present probiotics known as lactoferrin.
Q: What happens to the male calves?
A: Here at CMCA, our male calves are weaned from their mums around 15 to 18 months of age just like in the wild. Our females are kept on farm to later in life join the milking herd. Our beautiful males are then sold to loving homes as working animals and pets.
Q: Can you cook with it?
A: Yes you can use camel milk just the same as regular milk.
Q: How long does it last for?
A: Camel milk is much like cow’s milk. It lasts for over 2 weeks when stored below 5 degrees. Did you know you can also freeze in date bottles to use at a later time?
Q: Where do your camels come from?
A: if our camels are not born on farm they usually come from the wild (Central Australia). Camels are seen as a pest in Australia and are often caught to go to slaughter or even shot. We like to think that we give these camels a happy healthy loving home.
Q: Do I have to keep my milk in the fridge?
A: Yes fresh camel milk should be stored below 5 degrees to maintain quality and freshness.
Q: How is a camel milked?
A: Our camels are milked in a dairy that had been purpose built to allow the babies to be alongside their mums.
Q: What does camel milk taste like?
A: We all have a different palate, but most people say it tastes just like cow’s milk with a slightly salty after taste.
Q: What do camels eat?
A: Our camels are free grazing in the paddocks, but we also offer them Lucerne, grains, hay and course salts.
Q: How many teats do camels have?
A: Most people are surprised to learn that camels have 4 teats.
Q: How long is a camel pregnant for and how often do they have a baby?
A: Camels are pregnant for 12 -14 months and generally have a baby every 3 years.
Q: Where can I buy your camel milk?
A: Our very popular camel milk can be purchased all over Australia and some parts of the world. Click on the link below to find a store near you.
Q: What other products do you make with camels milk?
A: We have a range of body products and freeze dried camel milk powder.
Body product range includes:
Lip balms, body butter, liquid soap, 100g soap, 150g handmade soap