Camel milk farmer aims to fill niche

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Zoe Keenan

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.

Pic­ture: Good Earth Dairy

Good Earth Dairy chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­cel Steingiesser with one of about 200 camels on his farm near Dan­dara­gan.

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