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The Milking Camels of Australia~World Camel’s Day Gift

The beautiful series of World Camel’s Day (WCD) is continue. The recent updates are received by Hannah Purss from Australia. She is telling about her camel journey and the milking camels of Australia. Here is her article in the ensuing lines.

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The disciplined Camel walking on grass instead of sand

“I was first introduced to camels when I was working in Central Australia, a hot, semi-arid region of the country. As I learnt about the valuable contribution camels made to Australia’s development, and the current wild population in the Australian deserts I realized what a valuable, yet wasted, commodity we have here. Dromedary camels do not roam free in other countries as they do in Australia, we are the only country that is yet to recognize their value. Here in Australia, wild camels are said to be in numbers above 300,000.  Most farmers and landholders that have access to wild camel populations view them as a pest, are uninterested in camels or are unsure of how to work with them.

 In 2014, Evan Casey and I founded Australian Camel Solutions Pty Ltd, a company that is based on solid and progressive camel handling and the development of the camel industry in Australia.

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The safe and friendly transportation of camels

 In Queensland, in Australia’s east, we have co-founded The Australian Wild Camel Corporation Pty Limited, a commercial scale camel dairy company. Being on the east coast of Australia means we can be closely linked with universities, academics and various dairy, camelid and veterinary experts.

We have been in operation for around six months now. We are having the most remarkable experience putting our theories and plans into practice, and as a team we are learning more each day.

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Hannah Caring her camels

Currently we are milking over 50 camels and as we move into Australian calving season, we hope to increase that number rapidly. The training program we use to bring camels from completely wild and out of the desert into our milking herd was developed by our company, Australian Camel Solutions, and is based on body language and the communication methods we’ve picked up from the camels themselves. In our dairy training program, we don’t use ropes or restraints on the animals which has helped us tremendously in the speed we can train them, and in keeping their stress levels down during the process. On farm, we have a vibrant, young team and it is especially exciting for me to see them growing in their camel handling skills and their passion for the industry. At TAWCC, we are passionate about fostering a supportive and progressive camel community.

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The Camel Milk

We have been conducting lots of product development – from fresh milk, to ice cream, yogurt and more. Our milk is currently being used to produce our own brand of camel milk soaps and skincare products. The skincare products are currently available only in selected stores, but very soon we will have them more readily available in Australian stores, online and hopefully around the world.

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The Happy, Healthy, Alert and Beautiful Camels of Australia

A very Happy World Camel Day from Australia!”

Hannah Purss, Australian Camel Solutions PTY LTD

www.camelmilkaus.com

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France is discovering camels~Endorsement of World Camel’s Day

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As a series of world camel’s day endorsement from all over the world, I have received this piece of information from the head of the Dromacity France. She (Fra) is very vibrant and energetic and supporting camels her best at all levels. ” France is discovering camels (small and big) and the government is currently thinking about how to identify and take inventory of those animals. Non endemic in France, camels are always imported and it is usually done without any tractability. The government wants to order animals’ marking in order to limit health risks linked to the introduction (sometimes by mafia) of those animals classified as ‘exotic’ so ‘unusual’ by French customs services.IMG_5419.JPG

Dromacity participates to Ministry’s workshop which aims to create a common database for camels’ owners and holders. Today, almost only vets worked on the legislative text whereas they have only few experiences with those animals. DromaSud will be appointed by the Ministry to bring their knowledge and share their experience with vets, in order to help them know how to approach camels (less fear for small camels as llamas or alpacas).
In France, camels owners are rarely professionals (vets or farmers) but are usually fans who own few animals and never herds. Nevertheless, they have a major demand, claimed also by DromaCity: change the classification for camels, from ‘exotic’ to ‘livestock’ as horses. This change would allow free importation of animals selected by the buyer and will limit expensive sells managed by sellers who owns non-healthy animals (diseases, physical and/or psychological defects).
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We hope that French government will change its mind on this law and open its borders to our favorite animals: camel!
This the fight we are leading!

What is said in the law:

Camels’ owners and holders must now register their animals in the common data base.
Holders have to mention the place where they hold the animal, and owners have to ensure the follow-up of ownership.

Moreover, registration of the identification of camels being in France, has to be done by the person doing the identification: the owner in case of auricular mark or the vet in case of subcutaneous transponder.

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With race camel in Dubai, 2015

eSIRECam database should be live on second semester of 2016, camels owners will then have 1 year to be compliant with the law and register their animals.”

http://www.ifce.fr/ifce/sire-demarches/camelides/enregistrement-des-camelides/

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The Best Option for Sustainable Food Production in Challenging Environment ~is the Promising Camel

Happy Camel’s Day (WCD)

Among the camel’s world subcontinent is the region where the day starts first. It is 22nd June in subcontinent, so I can safely say Happy Camel’s Day. At the occasion of WCD, I started the series of articles based on the documents/material sent from different corners of the world. As my own share, I want to express my views on the role of camel as a farm animal in NENA region.

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Not the ship but the gift of the desert

Near East and North Africa (NENA) is one of the driest and challenging landscape on the face of the earth. The major percentage of the global deserted lands fall in this region, making it a hostile ecosystem for many other livestock species. The nature blessed the region with the highly adapted and unique livestock specie “the Camel”, well said as Ataullah in Arabic.

As mentioned in the holy book Quran “do they not look at camel; how strange it is created?” camel is the animal of unique characteristics’ making it the most valuable creature of the drylands. The people living in this region, especially the camel herders and pastoralists depend on the camels for food, accessibility and other livelihoods. Camel produces milk in very high ambient temperatures and other climatic challenges, in the same environment other livestock species are hard to survive. Camel is not in competition of any other livestock as camel browse on very woody and bushy vegetation.

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The desert’s friend… 

In the climate change scenario and fragile security (in some parts like Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria) camel is the animal of choice to provide precious food items as milk (primary product) and meat to ensure survival of the people. Camel farming needs very low input making it a sustainable profession.

Based on my experience and scientific findings, I can say that camel is the most sustainable farm animal for the region. The cow model (cow dairies) is not sustainable in such a hostile ecosystem and the milk produced is very expensive if calculated in the ecosystem model as cow needs many times more water to produce one liter of milk. The camel tolerate very high ambient temperatures, on contrary the cow needs cooling system (using fossil oil) to produce milk in the same situation.

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Camel ensures accessibility in the remote areas

The quality of camel milk is very appreciating than that of cow milk. Free of allergen protein, intolerant lactose and low in saturated long chain fats making the camel milk the best choice for health sensitive people. The region need to ensure joint efforts for making policies regarding the food and agriculture and keep the camel on top priority as animal of food security in climate change scenario.

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They are not in competition of other livestock species

The organization “Camels4Life” which is an advocacy group supporting camel’s cause,  is always willing to support both governments and NGOs for finding ways to use camel as a sustainable farm animal contrast to its old vision of beast of the burden.

For more details, please go to the link below.

https://camel4milk.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/camel-a-one-in-all-creature/

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/al-ain-doctor-sees-potential-in-camels-beyond-their-milk

Author Christina Adams at the Arizona gravesite of Hadji Ali, nicknamed “Hi Jolly,” the Syrian camel driver for the US Army Camel Experiment of 1857.

Camel Milk Has Gained Interest and Sales in the US—A World Camel’s Day History and Update

The series of World Camel’s Day, this updates are sent by Christina Adam from the USA. She is well known for her initiatives ‘using camel milk for autistic patients’.

Christina Adams MFA, USA, Contact: cadams@xiqllc.com, Twitter@camelmilkinfo,

https://www.facebook.com/christinaadamsauthorautismadvocate

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Camel in Texas at Baum family farm

Camel milk for human consumption has enjoyed a recent sharp spike in the US. Trends in autism and health-related awareness led the young domestic industry from almost zero consumers to thousands in four years. Camel milk is an exciting new product, yet the lack of domestic camel history in the US means camel milk causes ‘upturned noses.’ People are afraid it will taste ‘weird.’ That’s why the sick-person market is the main target of domestic producers. Only the ill or adventurous will try it, and the per-bottle cost of $12-25 USD is a deterrent to healthy people. But autism and food allergies/intolerance in pediatric patients are insufficiently treated in mainstream medicine, so parents like these are willing to use alternative and supplemental products like camel milk– not only to alleviate these problems, but for well-tolerated dairy products for baking, drinking and travel uses.

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My son was perhaps “patient zero” in the use of camel milk for autism in the US. When he developed autism, and was later diagnosed at age 2.9 years, I learned diet was a key part of managing symptoms for many kids. When I removed cow dairy products from his diet, his language improved and his red cheeks faded within weeks. Later, it became clear that cow dairy products worsened his autism symptoms. When he was around 5, eating pizza with the cheese removed caused him to walk in circles and hand-flap (classic autism symptoms) and he stated “it feels like there’s dirt in my brain.” Back then, only time and sometimes digestive enzymes would lessen the symptoms. (His recovery process is told in A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention and Recovery https://www.amazon.com/Real-Boy-Autism- Intervention-Recovery/dp/0425202437?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_pr_product_top).2016-04-30 14.32.48.jpg

American women learn to groom camels at Oasis Camel Dairy

 

When he was seven, I met a man with a camel and his comment that camel milk was used in hospitals in the Middle East for premature infants due to being perceived as non-allergenic made me seek it out. After finding camel milk allergy and autism articles from Dr. Reuven Yagil, at great expense I imported raw frozen camel milk from Bedouins in the Middle East. After drinking 4 ounces of milk, my son experienced an incredible overnight improvement in his autism symptoms (outlined in my GAHM Journal article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865381/). It also became effective as a treatment for his negative food responses to dairy, sugar and caffeine, such as hyperactivity, insomnia, oppositional and giddy behavior, often working within 15 minutes.

 I told many people about camel milk and increased my research, so when I learned that American Amish farmers were milking camels in 2011, I went public with our experience in 2012. International articles, speaking and radio shows help me spread the word about this natural healing substance. I feel very positive about camel milk, because even when it doesn’t cause a large improvement in a given child’s autism symptoms, it offers a widely tolerated source of calcium and nutrients for children and adults ona dairy-free diet.

Word spread widely also due to a Facebook group called Healing with Camel Milk, which was started by two mothers of health-impaired kids. Online sources like these, including my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/christinaadamsauthorautismadvocate and Twitter@camelmilkinfo, have helped parents learn about the milk and find safe sources. While I’ve helped families with autistic kids since 2000, now the daily messages are due to camel milk and autism. These come from the US and people around the globe.

Camels have been a force for good, unifying sick people and those who can help them, with camel milk historically being given to the sick in other countries. I’ve been pleased to discover that camel farmers in the US and professionals camel dairies in other countries have been very sympathetic to their customers, giving discounts to the most needy and using clean production methods. In the US, there are currently around 10 camel dairies, from those milking a single camel to one producing over a thousand bottles per week. Raw is the dominant form of milk, with pasteurized a distant second. Camel milk kefir and colostrum are also sold. New technology like flash-pasteurizing and sales of imported powered milk and chocolates add to the dairy farmers’ sales. Imported camel milk will appear in additional products soon. Yet the primary fluid milk market remains autism.

The tiny US industry will certainly grow once more people become aware of the potential benefits. Due to a lack of camel history and educational centers familiar with the animals, such US awareness will take time. In the meantime, I don’t have to go to the airport and wait for midnight flights from the desert anymore. I have delicious cold milk delivered straight to our doorstep. It may be less exciting, but nothing feels as good as opening a big insulated cooler with 40 bottles of frozen camel milk, and stacking them neatly inside my freezer. It is a feeling of richness and peace, one the camel cultures of the world know well—except they don’t need a freezer. They have camels.

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The Multipurpose Camels of Iran~ World Camel’s Day

As a series of World Camel’s Day gifts (information, pictures and videos etc) is continue, this new report is hereby received from Dr Mahnaz Salehi. She is the member of scientific board of Animal Science Research Institute Animal fibers, skin and leather camel management specialist. Her report was converted and amended briefly. Here is the report about the camel status in Iran.

The camels of Iran

Nearly 150,000 Dromedary camels are lived in desert areas (South and Central) of Iran; the majority of country’s camel is dromedary. Most of these camels still not been identified, because for extensive rearing system and release of camels in most parts of the country. The other factor is camels are often mixed together and crossbreed by the other foreign camel from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Therefore they are divided into dual and multi-purpose (meat-milk and wool-meat); milk type and riding camel. The major breeds contained as followed:

  1. Dual purpose camels:
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Balochi Breed

Balochi camels in central, east and south east at the border lines of Afghanistan and Pakistan. This breed is known as Kharani breed in Balochistan and very good in milk production.

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Kalkuei Breed of camel

Kalkuei camel found in central parts of Iran.

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Zahedani Camel

Zahedani camel in south east at the border lines of Pakistan. This camel is also found in Pakistani Balochistan.

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Mahabadi Camel Breed

Mahabadi camel is found in Esfahan province in central Iran

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Dashti camel (Desert)

Dashti camel, their origin is in Boushher province (south of Iran) near the Persian Gulf

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Arabi Camel

Arabi camel found in Kozestan and Boushher provinces near the Iraq boarder

 

 

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Yazdi camel breed

Yazdi camel found in central of country in yazd province.

  1. The milk type camel
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Turkmani breed

Turkamani, raising in Gonbad and Gorlestan province in North East of Iran. This camel is widely use by pastoral people.

 

  1. Riding type

 

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Bandari Breed (coastal)

The Bandari camel breed is found in south at the coastal line of Persian Gulf

 

These camels are divided into two branches, riding (Jamaz camels) and pack camels. Their origin is south or south east of Iran near the Pakistan boards and their number are reducing gradually.

 

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Jamaz breed of Sistan Balochistan

Jamaz of Sistan and Baluchestan camel found in south-east along the border lines of Pakistan. This breed is also found in Pakistani Balochistan.

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RoodBari camels 

Roodbari camel and the other type of camel from Kerman province in south. This breed also found in the adjoining areas of Pakistani Balochistan.

  1. Bactrian (two hump) camels
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Bactrian camels of Iran

Now there are only about 200 Bactrian camels in Ardabil and Moghan (North West of country) and due to its small population, this breed is enlisted as an endangered species

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Two hum Bactrian camels in Golestan (North of Country)

Unfortunately there are very few specimen left to exist. This breed is near to extinction.

 

  1. crossbreed camel

There are also around 1000 crossbreed camel for benefit hetrosis in central regions. 

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Crossbred (B male * D Female) in rural and station breeding farms

There are also around 1000 crossbreed camel for benefit hetrosis in central regions.

 

Mahnaz Salehi –World Camel Day 2016

 

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Ghan, Camel, the Landscape~ Gifted by Debi Robinson for World Camel’s Day

The series of World Camel Day gifts is happily continue. Debi Robinson is continuously sending pictures as she is on the Ghan track travelling with camels’ cart (she has designed). She has gifted very heart touching pictures from the field.

Debi with her camel cart on the road along the Ghan line

Debi Robinson with her camel cart on the road alongside the Ghan line

According to Debi “The timeline for camels starts with explorers..then the surveyers…well sinking parties..telegraph line builders and finally the Ghan trainline..all following the same camel pads who took stores and mail into the inland.”

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She told “A pity I have not got to Farina and beyond where Ghan towns and mosques as well as gravesites are to be found..I will send you all I can anyway if you are interested..but all the rain here has made a slow but memorable trek

She also suggested to read the book about the Ghan cameleers. “Do you have a copy of ‘Muslim Cameleers’ in Australia?? This is by far the best reference book..

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The well excavated by Ghans that time

She is very much concern as she said “Sad to learn that the track I have just come through will become a nuclear dump and closed very soon..I am so glad I was able to see it now. Mmm especially as it is for French waste”

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Why Melinda and Bill Gates are betting big on chickens (hint: ‘the ATM of the poor’)

The Chicken can play diverse role in rural Africa.

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Asafo Flag detail, Fante people, Ghana.

From Melinda Gates
‘Chickens in America have it rough . . . the symbol of cowards. . . the butt of corny cross-the-road jokes. . . .

‘But if you ask a woman in a developing country about chickens, she’s likely to show a lot more respect. That’s because a chicken can mean the difference between a family that merely survives and one that thrives.

‘For one thing, chickens are a good source of income. In fact, chickens are known in international development circles as “the ATM of the poor,” because they are easy to sell on short notice to cover day-to-day expenses.

‘Furthermore, eating chickens (and eggs) is good for you. In fact, they contain seven essential micronutrients like calcium and vitamin A.

Woodcut by Walter Williams.

‘But there’s another, less intuitive way that chickens make life much better for poor people.

‘In…

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