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Livestock => Camelids => Topic started by: macgro7 on April 21, 2020, 07:22:57 pm

Title: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: macgro7 on April 21, 2020, 07:22:57 pm
Has anyone ever kept camels? Or know someone?  ;D

I was watching an educational documentary about nomadic people in Turkey who are still living like centuries ago herding goats and using CAMELS for transporting their belongings instead of a van or truck. That's so cool lol

Turkey has Mediterranean climate more ir less just like spain or Italy.

There are numerous texts and pictures proving that camels have been kept and actually wiite popular in southern France, Spain, in medieval times. In Italy they were kept until 19th century in few large estates as beasts of burden!
Nowadays in Turkey they are mostly kept for tourist rides and... Camel wrestling which is really interesting!
Camel milk is supposed to be really healthy and highly nutritious (drank it couple of times actually).

I wanna have a couple of them  :innocent:
Why would I want a horse???
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: arobwk on April 21, 2020, 07:28:46 pm
Quote  "Why would I want to have a horse???"
 ???

Why would you want 2 stubborn spitting camels?  (It would be cool though wouldn't it !?)
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: macgro7 on April 21, 2020, 08:16:44 pm
Quote  "Why would I want to have a horse???"
 ???

Why would you want 2 stubborn spitting camels?  (It would be cool though wouldn't it !?)
Camel meat is quite nice not sure about horse - dont go to tesco much  :roflanim:
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: Perris on April 22, 2020, 06:53:45 am
if you are serious about this, I think you'd be wanting a Bactrian type, for our climate! They are excellent draught animals, which is why camel-trains have been in operation across Europe even since at least Roman times.
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: oor wullie on April 22, 2020, 03:11:08 pm
Quote  "Why would I want to have a horse???"
 ???

Why would you want 2 stubborn spitting camels?  (It would be cool though wouldn't it !?)
Camel meat is quite nice not sure about horse - dont go to tesco much  :roflanim:

Never tried the Tesco stuff but I can assure you it's very nice.......  :sofa:
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: macgro7 on April 22, 2020, 05:27:51 pm
 :roflanim:
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: harmony on April 23, 2020, 10:56:22 am

There is a farm on the road across from Carlisle to the North East and I'm sure they have a camel. The first time I didn't believe my eyes but then I saw it again. It is not a Llama unless it has got the hump.  :coat:



Seriously though I have seen it.


Actually now I have googled it for my sanity and yes they have camels - mainsgillfarm.co.uk
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: macgro7 on April 23, 2020, 04:07:10 pm
There is a farm in Cornwall that has quite a lot of them, they breed and sell them actually. Wonder who buys them??? I read an article about someone who had some camels on a Yorkshire hill farm?
That's the cornish camel farm:
https://cornishcamels.com (https://cornishcamels.com)
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: macgro7 on April 25, 2020, 09:17:37 pm
Oh my! Just saw that. The funny thing is I've been following those people on youtube for several years. First they had dairy goats, then they got a cow and now... a dairy camel!  :roflanim:
https://youtu.be/hhTocJN8aNA (https://youtu.be/hhTocJN8aNA)
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: Steph Hen on May 26, 2020, 03:42:38 pm
Raw camel milk is big business. Itís supposed to heal all sorts of ills, allergies, autism, auto immune conditions, sells for about £20/litre. Think I read they need milked several times a day, not just twice.
Title: Re: CAMEL husbandry!
Post by: macgro7 on May 26, 2020, 04:39:35 pm
In uk it would be quite hard I think. Theres one camel dairy in the whole of EU as far i i know - and it's in the Netherlands. Camels wont give milk if you seperate their calf from the mother.
I only drank UHT camel milk from the carton - not the same as fresh unfortunately  :(

P.S.
There is even a horse dairy in Germany!