Dubai camels milked on Israeli dairy farms

Sunday, February 04, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
An Israeli-made dairy farm designed for milking camels was recently inaugurated in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.

The farm, designed by the SAE Afikim company, was set up in the Persian Gulf by the company's English distributor, and includes a 48-stand milking parlor. It was built in cooperation with Israel’s Foreign Ministry Center for International Cooperation.

“The camel milking field has great unrealized potential around the world, and especially in countries where the warm climate makes breeding cattle difficult,” said Haim Divon, the center's deputy director-general.

The Foreign Ministry plans to advance the export of camel dairy farms to other Arab and Moslem countries.

Female camels can produce up to 20 liters of milk per day, while a cow can produce up to 36 liters.

A number of studies published show the nutritional value of camel milk, that it is rich in components such as vitamin B, vitamin C, iron and calcium.

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