Camel milk

A herd of camels being milked in Mauritania
FAO/18819/I. Balderi

Some pastoralist communities, especially those in Somalia and Eritrea, raise dromedaries for milk production. Camels are able to continue producing milk during dry seasons and droughts when other livestock produce only very limited amounts. During periods of drought, camel milk may contribute from 50 to 100 percent of the nutrient intake of some pastoralist communities. According to a Somalian proverb, "A mouthful of camel's milk keeps you going for half a day."

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More photos on camels:
  • Syria: The head of a one-humped camel, or dromedary
  • Tunisia: A camel plows a field
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