ONE HUMP OR TWO:
Camels bring a new flavour to the Ekka dairy crowd –
LOCATED in the Glasshouse Mountains is a humpy dairy farm.
And not just any dairy farm – a camel dairy farm.
Alongside lambs, ducklings and piglets in the animal nursery pavilion, Lauren Brisbane was behind a stall at the Ekka where she was exhibiting milk from her camel dairy, QCamel.
It was the first time she had exhibited at the Ekka and she said people had been fascinated by it.
Camel milk is said to have several health benefits for those with autism, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome and gut and bowel dysfunction.
It is also high in calcium, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc and does not contain the proteins responsible for dairy intolerance and allergies.
Ms Brisbane says she drinks it all the time and that it tastes amazing in coffee.
She also gave the Rural Weekly a taste – it was similar to cow’s milk but thinner and it tasted slightly saltier.
The farm has about 60 camels. Ms Brisbane set it up in 2014 after conducting extensive research.
Since then she’s started selling her product across Australia and has even started exporting it.
Ms Brisbane loves camels. She said they were perfectly suited for Australia’s conditions.
“It’s just another alternative animal and they’re really suited to the environment,” she said.
She said there were a lot of myths about different animals and camels were very gentle.
There were not any camels from Ms Brisbane’s farm at the Ekka – they remained on the dairy farm.
But there was a humpy assistant to help her out with the display.
Fatima the camel was from Southern Cross Camels and was displayed alongside the alpacas and llamas.
Ms Brisbane, who is also chair of the Australian Camel Industry Association, hopes to one day put on a more intensive display to showcase camel dairy farming, where people can sit and listen.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Lauren Brisbane runs a camel dairy farm near the Glasshouse Mountains and it was her first time exhibiting at the Ekka in Brisbane.