Milk­ing camels

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Column -

A NICHE dairy in Gympie has come a long way from its hum­ble be­gin­nings two years ago.

Camelot Dairies is lo­cated in Gympie and pro­duces camel milk, cheese and soap. The farm is home to just over 50 camels that pro­duce the milk for con­sump­tion.

Me­lanie Fitzgib­bon owns the Gympie dairy with Wayne Mor­ris. The pair first ac­quired camels four years ago and started train­ing them for milk­ing.

“Our camels were all non-han­dled so we had to train them to get used to be­ing han­dled, the ma­chine noises and rou­tine,” she said.

“They re­spond very well if you are kind and re­spect­ful of them, they don’t ap­pre­ci­ate yelling.”

Ms Fitzgib­bon said there are many fac­tors that con­tribute to the taste of camel milk.

“All the camel milk I’ve tried, that isn’t our own, tastes dif­fer­ent,” she said.

“It all comes down to where they are, what they are fed and how the milk is pro­cessed.”

Since they started op­er­at­ing the dairy has started Cuppa and Cud­dles which al­lows cus­tomers to get up close and per­sonal with the camels and share a morn­ing tea.

“Camel dairies are very new in Aus­tralia,” she said.

“The Cuppa and Cud­dles hap­pen every sec­ond Sun­day of each month and lets peo­ple get pho­tos with the camels, ask ques­tions and pet them, they’re very pop­u­lar.

“We also do an event for World Camel Day on June 22, where we have a din­ner and a bar and it just lets us share our love for the an­i­mal.”

The camel milk is pas­teurised and bot­tled on the farm and is dis­trib­uted to su­per­mar­kets.

UNIQUE: Me­lanie Fitzgib­bon and Wayne Mor­ris of Camelot Dairies. PHOTO: FILE

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