HEFTY PRICE TAG: A new camel dairy near Caloundra has been supplying milk to produce cheese at Maleny Cheese.
HEFTY PRICE TAG: A new camel dairy near Caloundra has been supplying milk to produce cheese at Maleny Cheese. Warren Lynam

QCamel hoping to tap into ‘white gold’ milk market

A REMOTE property outside of Caloundra could be the milking ground for Australia's newest "white gold" - camel's milk.

The milk has already being hailed across the world as a revolutionary yet simple potential treatment for autism.

Its "high-end" health benefits are well-documented.

And now the Sunshine Coast is preparing to be a world-leader in its supply and production.

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Peter and Lauren Brisbane have opened QCamel, Australia's second camel dairy and the first on the east coast.

The milk, which is considered "white gold" because of nutritional value coupled with the hefty price tag, has been made into the first "curd" by Maleny Cheese.

Mrs Brisbane said Maleny Cheese's Markus Bucher was only the second person in the world who had perfected the art of turning the low-fat camel's milk into a type of cheese.

This week Maleny Cheese launched its first "camel milk curd".

 

The Brisbanes have been researching camel's milk and its viability as a business for the past eight years, opening the dairy in the past year.

With their close and handy team of co-workers, Glenn Atkins and Kerry Samuel, they are now milking five camels each day and sending off about 10 litres of the precious milk to Maleny Cheese.

They hope to double this number by the end of the year.

They are going through the approval process to be able to sell the pasteurised milk to the public and, at the moment, it can only be used for cheese and curds.

With the milk retailing for about $25 a litre, it is not going to be a product for everybody. But the price tag could be a pittance if the health benefits being talked about across the world prove true.

Mr Bucher said camel's milk was the "closest of any milk to human milk".

"It has strong antimicrobial qualities," he said.

"Children with autism, people have been giving them a warm cup of camel's milk in the morning which is helping with behaviour. If it helps solve behaviour with autism, wouldn't it be worthwhile".

 

Camel Milk: What you need to know

  • Camel milk has been drunk by the Bedouin for thousands of years.
     
  • It is stocked in supermarkets in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, and the United States.
  • Camel milk has enough nutrition to sustain a person for a day. It is used for malnutrition babies in many parts of the world.
     
  • Camel milk is low in lactose, but has higher levels of potassium, magnesium and iron than cow's milk
     
  • Cholesterol in camel milk is lower than cow or goat milk.
     
  • The protein in camels' milk has been shown to help diabetics.
     
  • Research at the University of Saudi Arabia has shown camel milk may help children with autism.
     
  • Camels' milk has been used for hundreds of years to treat diarrhoea


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