Camel milk has been long known for its curative properties - it contains high concentration of lactoferrin that has amazing anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.


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In Australia, while camel meat is produced and sold, the milk of the camel has yet to be marketed as a product - despite growing attention that it's being getting as a highly nutritious dairy product.

The milk is packed with protein, casein, potassium and vitamin C that it alone can stand as a complete diet for a human or a camel for a very long duration of time.

It has ten times higher amount of lactoferrin and double the amount of vitamin C content compared with what's in the cow's milk. As it contains less amount of lactose than human's milk, it is easier to digest.

Pete Sidel from the Central Australian Camel Industry Association said, while the taste of the camel's milk is fantastic, it was very labour intensive - as milking a camel is a difficult task.

Camels are required to be tame enough that they can be herded as stock before they could be milked.

In Australia, there are as many as more than one million feral camels to be found scattered in the rangelands, and the population is expected to double in size in the coming ten years.

Other than being a nutritious drinking source, the milk is also widely known for skin-care uses. The camel dairies are environmentally-friendly, loaded with vitamins and high in protein - making them extremely beneficial as gentle soaps and hydrating moisturizers.

With the new plan to allocate $19 million by the Australian Federal Government in an effort to cull over 350,000 camels over four years, hopefully Australians will soon be able to consume the nutritious Australian-bred camel's milk.