Milk shakes industry
QCamel Milk and Flaxton Gardens bring paddock to plate
LAUREN Brisbane is breaking new ground in the dairy industry and having an adventure along the way.
The QCamel Milk owner’s story began in 2006 and since then Lauren and her family have established the company distributing across the country and overseas.
The family had no dairy background and found themselves in a tiny camel milk industry in Australia.
They went on to be founding members of the Australian Camel Industry Association.
“We found this advantageous as we weren’t loyal to traditional dairy practices. We were determined to break new ground in ethical production,” Lauren said.
Glasshouse Mountains QCamel Milk is made using ethical, organic and sustainable farming practices, their camels are pasture fed in a no-cull environment where they share the milk with the calves.
“It is paramount when running a happy and healthy camel dairy to really understand and respect the camels,” Lauren said.
“We see them as our fellow members of staff rather than machinery.”
QCamel Milk is partnering with Hinterland restaurant and venue, Flaxton Gardens, to bring camel milk from the paddock to the plates of local diners.
Nature’s healthiest milk, Camel milk is not only delicious but assists with restoring a healthy gut and bowel. QCamel Milk is uniquely free of betacasein and beta-lactoglobulin and is an easily digestible source of calcium, vitamin C and lactoferrin.
Taking advantage of this unique flavour and texture, Flaxton Gardens’ executive chef and director Alan Thompson has created a delightfully innovative dessert, Camel Milk & Vanilla Bean Panacotta with Rhubarb.
“The Camel Milk is beautifully sweet to taste and has a very smooth texture. The sweetness of the camel milk balances well with the tartness of the rhubarb,” Allan said.
“We love partnering with local Sunshine Coast farmers and food producers to showcase our region’s world-class quality ingredients… what better way than working with an exciting product that has been used for centuries but not yet made it into Australia’s everyday diet,” he said.
UNIQUE: Flaxton Gardens Director and Executive Chef Alan Thompson with Yasmin Brisbane with Margery, Fifi, Goodman and Dolly.
INDUSTRY INNOVATOR: Lauren Brisbane with some of her milk-producing herd of camels at QCamel Dairy.
Camels at QCamel Dairy, Bells Creek.