ONE HUMP OR TWO:

Camels bring a new flavour to the Ekka dairy crowd –

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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.

PHOTO: PAMELA FROST

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.

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