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Camel is Turning from a Beast of Burden to a Modern Farm Animal

Camel is the composite of all domestic animals with respect to its characteristics. Camel produces milk like the cow, fats like sheep, hair like the goat, riding like the horse, thick milk (Bactrian camel) like yak, work like the donkey, and hardy like mule etc. Every product of camel is useful, even urine and feces are valuable for medicinal use and paper production respectively. The long bones of camel are used by jewelers in some Arab and African countries. The camel rearing communities have very firm links with camel culture and camel production is not only a farming activity but part of heritage and culture.Detailed Nutritional Composition of Bactrian Camel’s Milkcropped-raziq.jpg

Camel was originally domesticated for its milk production in harsh and hostile ecosystems of the dry barren lands of Arabia. Later on, the trait of walking ability was the major selection criteria to use this precious animal in war and conflicts. The camel is once again turning to its original task and become a modern farm animal. The high yielding camels are selected and developed for high prices as there is un-matching demand for milking camels, especially in Gulf countries. A race for hunting high yielders is already started among the camel lovers in the region and new and modern camel dairies are emerging. Different types of dairy products like ice cream, powder milk, camelchino, pasteurized milk, and other product are now available for the consumers in the region.

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The modernization and intensification of modern camel dairying have brought many challenges too, which need to be addressed properly with the blend of traditional knowledge and modern science. Such modern challenges are comprised of breeding records and traits selection, camel adaptation to the modern technology especially milking parlor, mastitis, manage and other challenges.

There is immense need of experience sharing, technology transfer, knowledge management and the introduction of new ideas to keep modern camel dairying sustainable. I have no doubt that camel will find its original place as a dairy animal of the dry ecosystem of the world. Camel has a great potential to produce in the harsh climatic conditions without providing extra care in kind of cooling or heating systems. Camel milk will bring a smile to million of people as health promising natural pharmacy and will promote good health.Superfood (Camel Milk) can Beat the Challenge of Superbug (Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics)

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Author:

Currently working as Technical Manager Al Ain Dairy Camel Farm, UAE. Before, worked as Prof & Dean Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Pakistan. My thematic areas are; research policy, Turning camel from a beast of burden to a sustainable farm animal, extensive livestock production systems. Author is the founder and head of the Society of Animal, Veterinary and Animal Scientists (SAVES) Founder of the Camel Association​ of Pakistan Organizer of the Group Camel4Life. As a freelance scientist working (as a member of steering committee) for Desert Net International (DNI). My focused area of research is the characterization, documentation, and reporting of the indigenous livestock breeds (AnGR) and effort for recognition of the native genetic resources at policy levels. Thinking of natural resources especially, biodiversity and efforts for their judicial use and conservation in the context of climate change and food security is my dream.

9 thoughts on “Camel is Turning from a Beast of Burden to a Modern Farm Animal

  1. Camel is passing through new transition period in rich countries of Gulf countries. Camel dairying is ever increasing and more and more milk is produced to satisfy the creeping demands of the new consumers. I am really looking forward Pakistan should come with some development in camel turning towards a modern farm machine because Pakistan is home to high yielding camel breeds and its fertile lands can provide enough, diverse and eco rich fauna to camel. This way we can attract health conscious people to consume camel milk produce in eco-friendly production systems. Small and medium entrepreneurship with the transfer of light technology can be a good idea. The prime minister loan scheme with the technical help of SMEDA may play a pivotal role in establishment of small and medium camel dairies.

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    1. Pakistan have best dairy camels. Collecting camel milk and processing on small scale could be starting point.
      Dr. M. Afzal, FAO Pakistan

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      1. This idea is appreciable but should not collected by giants like Nestle etc. The camel owing communities with the involvement of FAO/international organizations with some basic facilitation by public sector can earn additional income from camel milk.

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  2. Some comments are hereby copied from the facebook.
    Gil Riegler The camels status is changing in front of our eyes! It’s a good time to be a cameleer!
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    Donny Miller I agree Gill looking like so far changing for the best.
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    Ark Biodiversity but there are many challenges too. One of the major challenges is mastitis and second diseases of confinement as camel is very free roaming animal.
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    Gil Riegler Change of diet is a big change as the camel leaves the free roaming desert where he can choose what trees shrubs and herbs he can eat daily.
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    Gil Riegler We eliminated sugar from the camels diet and that eliminated mastitis.
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    Ark Biodiversity really, removing sugar from diet minimize mastitis. But the main problem is diet. The restriction in feeds and feeding mechanism affects all the systems of this precious animal. You are right Gil.
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    Ark Biodiversity Also, thanks for sharing. With your permission, I want to paste the discussion in the comments box of the blog.
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