We are able to source and supply export quality fresh and frozen Camel Meat to the developing Asian markets which unlike the UK and USA, have a insatiable appetite for Camel meat and Camel products such as milk.
Australia has an abundance of Camel that were originally brought from the Middle East to help explore the vast inland of the Australian Continent. Because of the agreeable climatic and food conditions wild Camels bred to the level of vermin and many Australian Farmers destroyed them to preserve their cattle and sheep stock.
Camel meat is reputed to be healthier than other red meats such as beef – it is leaner and a good source of protein and vitamin E. And it's not just the meat. Camel milk contains three times the vitamin C of cow's milk and is rich in iron and B vitamins. The Camel's hump is the most prized part of the animal in places like Syria and Cairo where there are specialist butchers. The hump is tender and fattier than the rest of the beast (camel humps are essentially mounds of fat, and not full of water as many people believe). For those that have tried it the hump is reported to taste as a "cross between beef and lamb."
The Australian Camel Industry Association works directly with all Government Agencies and Non-Government Organisations within Australia to develop the Australian Camel Industry. Members of ACIA also work collaboratively with indigenous communities to manage camels within Australia and on any of their land.
Australian Camel Facts — Camelus dromedarius (one hump)
- Body Length: 300cm/10ft., Shoulder Height: 180-210cm/6-7ft.,
- Tail Length: 50cm/20in.
- Weight: 600-1000gk/1320-2200lb.
- Life Span: 20-30 years in the Wild, Up to 50 years domesticated
- Colour: varying from White to Deep Red to Black
- Female = Cow, Male = Bull, Castrated Bull = Bullock
- Sexual Maturity: Females 3-4 years of age, Males 5-6 yrs of age
- Gestation: Average 13 months, · Calving Interval: ±2 years .
- Young per Birth: 1, (twins occur but are rare)
- Calf Weight at Birth: 20-30 kgs,
- Weaning at 1-2 years
- Camels have padded feet which reduces land degradation.
- Camels drink 0 to 40 litres of water per day depending on climatic conditions.
- Cows come into ‘oestrus after mating.
- Bulls come into ‘rut’
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With the development of camel meat production there has been development of an industry utilising the by products of the abattoir. In addition research into camel wool has commenced as more camels are being handled and camel wool collection increases.
Lower in cholesterol than other animal cooking fats, camel oil is also suitable for manufacture of soaps and cosmetics. Camel oil based products have unique properties with baby dermatology creams being one specialist product. The uses and quality of camel oil goods is evolving with research and development.
The commercial tanning of camel leather was pioneered in Australia. It is a very versatile leather which has two unique properties. These are its exceptional tensile strength and the attractive grain pattern on the tanned product. These features ensure its demand for the manufacture of a wide range of products such as; shoe and boot uppers, upholstery, fashion accessories, brief cases, garments, harness and sporting goods.
Technology for improving production of this fine fibre is currently being researched in Australia. As more is learnt about one of the world's rarest fibres commercial interests are seeking to purchase the wool for use in the world's high fashion industry. Camel wool has unique characteristics of conductivity, softness and strength.