Gold and Silver for Muswellbrook Camel Milk at Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show
Camel milk may be a rare addition to dairy cases across Australia but it’s set to become more widely embraced with the exciting gold medal win for Muswellbrook Camel Milk at the recent Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show. Held at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane, the 4-day event showcased more than 500 dairy products and non-bovine milks made an outstanding impression.
The brand also picked up a silver medal for their camel milk haloumi.
The addition of camel milk to the mix delighted international food judge, cheesemaker Russell Smith who pronounced it “quite unusual”. He identified its lower fat and protein content as compared with cow and goat milk and was well-versed on the product’s nutritional content. As he explained, camels turn the carotene from grass into vitamin A in the same way goats do, resulting in a whiter milk than what cows produce.
The love behind the quality
Muswellbrook owner Michelle Phillips was ecstatic with the gold medal win, heartened by the acknowledgement for her unique product. “We truly care for our camels and treat them with a lot of compassion and kindness and we believe that’s reflected in the quality of the milk they produce,” she said. Indeed, the welfare of her animals is of the highest priority. “None of our camels have been whipped, tied up or harmed in any way.”
The calves live alongside their mothers and are weaned naturally, without human interference.
Camel milk health benefits
Over centuries, camel milk has been used medicinally by nomadic people because of its close composition to human breast milk and its unique immune-system components, thought to help combat diseases such as Crohn’s and Multiple Sclerosis. It is also a rich source of insulin, making it a potential treatment option for diabetics. Furthermore, camel milk contains ten times more iron and three times more vitamin C than cows’ milk.
The benefits that come from milk produced by grass-fed animals are that the milk is far more nutritious than those fed on grain. Muswellbrook’s camels are not given any kind of grain and are free to graze all day long.
Muswellbrook takes an organic approach to farming and so no pesticides or other chemicals are used. Natural fertilisation of the ground occurs through rotation of the animals from camels to chickens and sheep.
Award-winning camel milk
From Muswellbrook, you can purchase 300ml and 1L plastic bottles of camel milk. It is delivered fresh and boasts a long fridge life of around three weeks but it can also be bought in bulk and frozen until required.
Try new flavoured camel milk! Great for children and adults alike, it will be an interesting must-try in your café. Available in 300ml bottles, the flavours are Chocolate, Iced Coffee, Caramel, Strawberry and Vanilla.
Unpasteurised camel milk is also available and is suitable for bathing.