Source: Camel! A One in All Creatures
The Scientists are agreed that the products, especially milk coming from a happy and comfortable animal are far better than the animal in distressed conditions with a sad feeling. Now it is yours’ choice, either you take milk from a happy animal or a sad animal as both types are available in the market. I’m convinced that some cow farmings are eco-friendly and green but the majority have the sad cows. If compared to camel dairying, the cow production system is much behind in quality and happiness index. A brief view of both types of farming systems (the sad cow and the happy camel) is given in the ensuing lines.
The Happy Animal: Camel farming is very eco-friendly, natural, clean, dry & airy, shiny and completely free of any foul smell. This clean environment ensures the quality of livelihood of the camel and the absence of pathogenic microorganisms. Camel is really a lucky and happy animal living in such a great place of living.
Consuming less water, adapted to high ambient temperatures make this animal even more special and adapted happy animal. In the same climatic zone, the dairy cow needs a lot of water for drinking, cooling and cleaning purposes, may be more than 5 times compared to the camel. The milk produced from a happy animal (here happy animal means camel) is very rich in nutrients than sad animals. The overall environment where animals are raised has an additional effect on the milk quality.
Additionally, the camel’s milk quality is entirely different, especially in the context of micro but essential nutrients. For details, please go to the link below; Camel! A One in All Creatures.
“Camel milk protein is coated with fats, which enhance protein absorption. It passes the acidic stomach undisturbed (does not coagulate easily because of fat coating) and reaches the intestines for absorption”.
The Sad animal: Now look at the sad animal. She is not happy and lives in the slurry and uncomfortable situation. She is in a panic situation. What do you think! Can the milk be the same? No, not at all. The altered hormonal profile due to the stress makes the milk quality unhealthy. It is also a fact that the microorganisms grow better in the products of the stressed animal as stress are the driving force of lower immunity.
Even if she lives in very natural condition her milk is not equal to the milk of camels. Camel is the special gift of nature and the milk is the treasure of health. Let’s live natural health and promote the natural way of life.Cow’s Milk: A Cruel and Unhealthy Product
Lets’ join our efforts to promote camel’s products especially milk. The Camels4Life is struggling for the advocacy of camel and camel’s keepers. Alain Doctor Sees Potential in Camel, Camel is the future of humankind to secure food availability in the climate change scenario.
Camels’ milk is the king of the milk kingdom, said by the Bactrian camel keepers in Central Asia. It is the first choice for health maintenance. They think that their milk is more nourishing than their sister camel (dromedary) and all other animals.
Our milk is high grade but tastes a little bit salty because of my taste as I like salty bushes; the only ice cream for me in the ecosystems where I live. I live in very cold regions and hence producing milk thicker than my sibling dromedary. My milk keeps a desirable PH of the human body as it is a bit alkaline. I have the physical effect on the stomach of my keepers to make them happy and in a good mood. Detailed Nutritional Composition of Bactrian Camel’s Milk
My milk is rich in protein (4.5%), making me special food item for the poor and undernourished group of the human being. Bactrian milk protein contains many health promising elements as various Amino Acids and Vitamins, Lysozymes & Lactoferrin, and Immunoglobulin; all are protective and bio-active.
Might be of interest to read about the Bactrian camel dairy in the Chinese Turkistan. CHINA’S CAMEL-MILK MOGUL
I know my population is lesser and I’m still hiding from the eyes of the policymakers and scientists but I’m sure, one day they will realize my importance.
As recorded in Compendium of Materia Medica; “Camel milk, cold, non-toxic, can invigorate spleen-stomach and replenish vitality, and strengthen tendons and bones, so that people won’t feel hungry after drinking it.“
As recorded in drugs commonly used by Uighur Medicine: “Camel Milk is sweet taste with cream flavor, free of sense of adhesion, a little bitter, and can significantly strengthen spleen and invigorate stomach, nourish the five internal organs and repair the impairments of those organs, strengthen tendons and bones, and recover the vital essence and marrow, so that people won’t feel hungry or thirsty after drinking it.”About Camel Milk~With Bactrian Perspectives
The Kazakh Traditional Medica tells that: Camel milk is nourishing, sedative, detoxification, can restore everything after a weak body.”Detailed Nutritional Composition of Bactrian Camel’s Milk
In the blogs published before; almost all the information reported is about the dromedary camel. I was looking if the traditional healers think the same about the Bactrian camels’ milk or not. So, I found a lot of information. A short book I received from the Xinjiang Wangyuan Camel Milk Industry is really full of information. They are really doing a great job.
With thanks to ‘Xinjiang Wangyuan Camel Milk Industry.
For further details, please go to the link Camel milk a business tonic for Xinjiang firm
Though the concept is changing, generally camel is considered as the animal of backward and bush. The common person’s mind quickly jumps to the desert, pastoral people, and harsh terrains as soon hear the name of the camel. In some quarters, the mindset is changing, especially among the scientists and development worker. Unfortunately, the policy makers still neglecting this untapped precious resource as they prefer fast growing animals to place in developmental policy because of many reasons; all are baseless and void of scientific arguments.
Recently, a successful conference was organized under the patronage of International Society of Camelid Research and Development. The title of the conference was “4th Conference of ISOCARD “Silk road camel: the camelids, main stakes for sustainable development”
The conference was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan (8-12 June 2015). Around 225 participants from 35 countries took part in this important conference. Many results from the recent scientific research were shared among the scientists. The participants in their last recommendations’ session of the conference have proposed the final recommendations which have been validated by the Executive Council. The link of the recommendations is given in the following.
Some of the recommendations really touched my heart, most of them are very much in agreement with my dream about the camel. I have been recommending and promoting camel as; ‘turning to its original task from a beast of burden’. The camel is a true asset of mother earth and can be used for human wellbeing in many ways in the challenges we face and the complexities to come. The monster of climate change accompanied with multifaceted challenges is knocking at the door of the human kind. The ambient temperature in many regions, especially the habitats of the camel is already alarming, and the challenges of emerging diseases are posing serious threats to animal wellbeing and public health. In such conditions, the animals like a camel can be the best tool to combat such complex challenges.
The scientists of the ISOCARD are very much true in their views as recommending camels to the policy makers for both the health and livelihood of the people. Very much stressed on the role of camel milk as a natural pharmacy for the intricate ailments of the human being; needs methodologies to properly produce, harvest, preserve and serve to the public. Some of the recommendation are given in the ensuing lines.
- New knowledge on the mechanisms of the adaptation of camels in different environmental conditions (farm intensification, climatic change, new feeding practices) taking into account the promotion of sustainable development of the camel farming system.
- Advanced research on the interests of camel and camel products (milk, urine, meat) as biological models for biomedical studies (cancer, diabetes, autism etc.) have to be deepened based on un-debatable scientific protocols.
- The findings regarding milk processing, camel cheese production and nutritive value of camel meat have to be promoted in the commercial sectors.
- Technical innovations in camel production and products processing (wool and skin production, “milk-ability” by machine, slaughtering practices) have to be widely used and dissipated.
- A forum based on experts, breeders, policy makers, and development workers to put join efforts is the utmost need of time. Such forum can advocate camel and camels’ people at all levels and take steps to accept camel a sustainable farm animal. The forum of Camels4Life is a touchy idea to fill this gap of camel advocacy at national and international levels.
The International Society of Camelid Research and Development is a non-political, non-religious and nonprofit federation of camelid scientists or similar scientific and professional associations. The society works for the scientific status of camelid sciences, promotion of camel science for camelids development, promotion of scientific publications in camelid fields, to set high standards in camelid education and training, promote standards of health and welfare in camelids, encourage exchange of knowledge and to organize international conference every 3 years.
The last conference was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan (8-12 June, 2015). The 225 participants of the conference, have proposed the final recommendations which have been validated by the Executive Council. All the participants’ anonymously expressed their serous concerns on the sharp decline in camel population of India.
As a foreword, the general assembly of ISOCARD has expressed its concern regarding the important decline of the camel population in India, which is a reverse of the trend evident in the world camel population. The General Assembly of ISOCARD has encouraged any scientific studies aiming to assess the impact of this decline on the camel breeders’ livelihood and on the local and rural economy.
I (Dr Abdul Raziq Kakar) hereby appeal Indian Camel Scientists, development workers, NGOs and public interest departments to come forward and find ways forward to halt this decline and support the camel keepers, for whom camel is the backbone of their economy.
The like minded camel development workers, scientists and breeders are fabricating (in process) a society (Camels4Life) to address hot issues of camels, its decline and advocacy for the role of camel in rural and agricultural development. Being the responsible person of the Camels4Life, I hereby offer my support on behalf of our society and colleagues to find ways for using camel a sustainable mobile ATM for the camel pastoralists all over the world, especially in the South western Indian~The beautiful Rajasthan.
The camel has been an integral part of life in the Arabian peninsula, and elsewhere, for thousands of years, but their potential is yet to be fully realised, says Dr Abdul Raziq Kakar.
The technical manager for Al Ain Dairy’s camel farm, he has launched Camel4Life, a group to promote the use of camels by the world’s poorer communities, and to give traditional producers an international voice.
“Camels ensure life and livelihood in far and wide regions of the world,” Dr Kakar said. “They ensure access and transportation in harsh terrains of the globe and walk for almost 40 kilometres [a day], graze on scarce and scattered woody vegetation, which is otherwise wasted, and convert it to precious food items like milk and meat.”
Dr Kakar, who is also founder of the Camel Association of Pakistan,credited camel milk with relieving his arthritis more than a decade ago, when he was advised to drink it by a tribal elder.
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