Camels / Europe / Livelihoods / Livestock Systems / Netherlands

The camel as cow, a cautionary tale

Putting aside for the moment the advisability of trying to make a living milking camels, you would not think it a particularly difficult business. But you would be wrong.

The camels grazing outside of Den Bosch may look happy enough. But milking them is another story; moody camels are known to spit and kick, and mares will give milk only when one of their offspring is nearby.

“You have to show them respect,” said Frank Smits, the proprietor of the camel farm. “They’re a lot more stubborn than cows.”

Read more (New York Times)

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