Camels are reliable milk-producers, even in times of drought, when cows, goats and sheep cannot produce. They produce 3 to 6 litres a day under normal conditions. When necessary, pastoralists may subsist on camels' milk alone for long periods.

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Mauritania: traditional herdsmen milking camels at a dairy plant
FAO photo by I. Balderi

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