Frequently Asked Questions

Where did your camels come from?
People often ask us where we got our camels from! And what a great question full of adventure, heartache and joy! In 2013, we headed out to the Great Victorian Desert and reconnected with our indigenous friends. The Pitjantjatjarra people are well known for their tracking skills and love of camels. Australia is known as the only country left with substantial herds of wild and healthy camels. Over the course of more than a year, and several trips out to the desert, we managed to muster, select and transport our herd of 60 beautiful camels to our farm here in Robe, SA. Check out our mustering video here...
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What does Camel Milk taste like?
Camel Milk tastes great! Some say it tastes just like cow milk. Here's our take on it...Camel Milk is light, refreshing, and clean on the pallette. It is usually sweet, with a slight hint of salty. It leaves no gluggy feeling in your mouth and no heavy feeling in your stomach. Camel Milk makes the most awesomely addictive smoothies...try frozen banana, honey and nutmeg or frozen mango. It is soooo good! Here at Humpalicious Farm, we have pretty much replaced breakfast with a Camel Milk Smoothie! Drink coffee? Camel Milk steams to a light and amazingly silky smooth addition to you coffee. It's little wonder Dubai now specialises in Camel Milk coffees! Or if you prefer things simple, just use cold Camel Milk in your coffee.
Is your Camel Milk pasteurised?
Yes we do offer Pasteurised Camel Milk.
We are also pursuing a Raw Camel Milk License. At this point in time SA HEALTH has demanded we stop selling Raw Camel Milk.

Raw Camel Milk is loaded with antibacterial and antiviral properties that stop the milk from 'going off' when raw. Raw Camel Milk does not go rancid. In fact, the Bedouins wait for the raw milk to 'sour' (a probiotic heaven) before drinking it!

Research shows that heating camel milk reduces its capacity to clean itself. Experiments show that the inhibitory effect of camel's milk (i.e. the milk's ability to keep Listeria and E.coli at bay) was reduced by heat treatment (Benkerroum, N. Mekkaoui, M. Bennani, N. Hidane, K. (2004).
Antimicrobial activity of camel's milk against pathogenic strains of Escherichia Coli and Listeria monocytogenes.)
We believe in small, strictly managed camel dairies, with regular laboritory testing and quality control. We do not believe in mass scale food production (and that includes dairies) where both animals and consumers suffer.
Today, conditions, machinery and regulation make clean milk possible (pasteurised or raw) as long as dairies are small, animals are free range, and businesses adhere to correct processes and practices.

Is your Camel Milk Homogenised?
No. We do not believe in the destructive process of homogenisation and our Camel Milk will never be homogenised. Homogenisation is a high-pressure process. It breaks fat down into tiny particles so that they stay suspended. Fat subjected to high heat and pressure oxidizes—it becomes rancid. Homogenized products have been linked to rising rates of cancer and heart disease (Dr Josh Axe). This is because now that the fat molecules are broken and much smaller than their intended size, they are free to enter the bloodstream and the heart. Go to this link to read a very good article on the danger of homogenisation and the nasties it releases within the milk, http://health101.or/art_milk_cancer_fuel.htm
Can you give Camel Milk to infants?
It can be dangerous to give infants under 10mths (especially those under 6m) camel milk as the only nutrition source unless its composition is already adjusted to fit baby’s needs.Take protein for example. The protein of camel milk is about 2-3% in whole camel milk but breast milk has only about 1.1-1.2%. Too much protein could create a burden on the infant's kidneys. However, Humpalicious Camel Milk is being used by a large infant formula company in the research and development of a camel milk based formula for severely allergic infants. Camel milk has great potential in this field yet this is still some time away. For those of us who are not infants, camel milk is an excellent immune boosting anti allergenic and anti-inflammatory nutrition source and alternative healing tool.
How is Humpalicious Camel Milk packaged?
Humpalicious Camel Milk is bottled in PET BPA Free bottles, with an adhesive seal and tamper proof cap. Upon ordering, Humpalicious Camel Milk will be packed frozen into a foam esky and sealed for transport. Your milk should arrive frozen or partially thawed. If you want to use your milk straight away, simply place it in the fridge and allow to completely thaw. Before use, give the bottle a vigorous shake, and then enjoy! If you would like to keep the majority of your milk frozen, just place it into the freezer upon receiving it. There is no problem with refreezing.
Why is Camel Milk expensive?
Camels give an average of 4 litres of milk a day. When you take into account it takes an entire farm, lots of natural and nutritional feed, plus oodles of attention and work to tame these lovely ladies, it's really not expensive. Also given that here in Australia camels are not (yet) genetically altered and bred to be milk bags on legs (and we hope they never are) the small amount of milk that the camels give is really a gift. The natural genetics of camels is of great interest to all kinds of fields of study, so why would we go messing with that!
Interestingly, there are 1.65 million dairy cows in australia compared to about 100 milking camels...thats a ratio of 16,500 cows:1 camel.
How much Camel Milk can I drink?
You can drink as much Camel Milk as you like! However, if you or your child suffers from an illness where Camel Milk is being used as a natural remedy, please consult your doctor and or dietician in regards to introducing new foods into the diet. There is lots of info online about quantites of Camel Milk to give to try for different ailments. The facebook forum Healing with Camel Milk is a great group to join for info. Of course we are available to try and answer questions to the best of our ability at [email protected] .
How long can I keep my Camel Milk in the fridge or freezer?
Our Humpalicious Camel Milk is pasteurised as gently as possible to ensure the integrity of the milk and will last once thawed and opened for about a week in the fridge. You can also re-freeze the milk when you receive it, and Camel Milk has a great reputation for easily lasting several months in the freezer.
Is Humpalicious Camel Milk Organic?
Although we are not certified organic, here on the Humpalicious Camel Farm our camels feast upon a wide variety of natural pastures, trees, shrubs and ground covers including salt bush, acacias, grasses and clovers. Our pastures grow naturally, and are not fertilised or sprayed, or even irrigated. Everything is as nature intended.
Is Humpalicious Camel Farm open to the public?
Humpalicious Camel Farm is still very new. There is much to be done before we can open to the public but when we do we aim to be a fully self sustainable, solar and wind powered farm with cottage style accommodation for you to stay in nestled in the paddocks right amongst the camels!