Camel milk farmer aims to fill niche
Shoppers could see “white gold” stocked in stores in Geraldton in the next few weeks, according to the chief of a camel milk producer.
Dandaragan-based business Good Earth Dairy has been selling camel milk — labelled white gold for its health benefits — since September and with 80 vendors around the State, it is now looking to stock its product in Geraldton.
Good Earth Dairy chief executive Marcel Steingiesser said the company had stock all the way from Bunbury to Dandaragan but had no vendors in Geraldton.
“In the next couple of weeks, I have every intent to come to Geraldton and talk to stockists to hopefully get some stock on the shelves,” he said.
Mr Steingiesser said there was a lack of marketing of the health benefits of camel milk but was confident it provided multiple benefits for the average human and could potentially be tolerable for lactoseintolerant people.
“Camel farming is not simple — there’s so much more to it in terms of how to run the business,” he said. “There’s limited market awareness and trying to get this new product out is one of the key challenges,” he said.
“Camel milk has approximately over three times the calcium and about 2.7 times the phosphorous, both of which are associated with good bone health,” he said.
“It has approximately twice the magnesium, which is associated with muscle health, approximately twice the zinc and manganese and about 4.5 times the potassium and copper. It also has half the saturated fats, which are bad fats and has got 10 times the lactoferrin, which is an enzyme that is associated with good gut health.
“That’s the nuts and bolts as to why it’s really good.”
He said a bonus of camel milk was that a common allergen causing intolerance to normal dairy was not present in camel milk and it only had 60 per cent of the lactose.
“People who perceive themselves to be lactose intolerant may actually be allergic to the allergen in the regular cow’s milk, however those who are lactose intolerant may also be able to tolerate camel milk because it’s only 60 per cent lactose compared to cow’s milk,” Mr Steingiesser said.
Mr Steingiesser, who originally worked as a process engineer and completed a Master of Business Administration, said despite having no farming background, he always wanted to be involved in a start-up company.
“I’ve always been entrepreneurial, that’s why I wanted to do it,” he said.
Good Earth Dairy chief executive Marcel Steingiesser with one of about 200 camels on his farm near Dandaragan.