Camel milk company “Humpalicious Camel Milk” has come to Robe to begin a dairy and tourist operation in the area.
Owners Warwick and Tj Hill have two goals at the moment: to get the new dairy up and running, and to prepare the tourist venture in time for summer.
The move to Robe has taken several months as they brought a herd of 48 camels from Port Germain, where they had initially begun their business.
“There is a big clientele for camel milk and they are all waiting with baited breathe for us to produce milk again,” TJ said. “We told them we were going to be shutting down for a while and they were very understanding.
“We are currently working with a planner and the Robe council. The council are fully aware of what we are doing and are excited to have us here and are excited to get Humpalicious milk up and running.”
“Once we have the milking going again we are going to allow the public to come in and meet and ride the camels and also see a little bit of the milking process and have an opportunity to taste the milk.
“It is all going to be centered around experiences with the camels.
“We are also working with the Dairy Authority, PIRSA, and Department of Agriculture on a raw camel milk licence, which will be the first in Australia. There is massive demand for raw camel milk as research and testimonies continue to contribute to a growing body of evidence into the health benefits of camel milk.
“All the milk goes through stringent testing, and the health of our camels is paramount. We understand the sensitivities and intolerances of our client base and are very careful right down to the fodder we select for our camels. Our fodder is gluten free and our farm and practices are chemical free.”
Warwick has previously worked in the APY lands where he learnt how to muster and work with camels.
Prior to working in the camel milk industry Warwick and Tj lived and worked on boats for eight years, working as a captain and chef team on superyachts.
Tj said: “We moved from ships of the sea to ships of the desert.”
Camel milk is not as fatty as cow milk, with a lighter taste, and it is very white.
It is not a replacement for cow’s milk, it is for people who can’t drink cow milk and can’t drink goat or sheep milk – but they can still drink camel milk.
"We've had people with lactose and casein intolerances that have done great on camel milk. We've also got a handful of diabetics using the milk to help in stabilising their blood sugar, and have quite a network of autistic families using the milk for gut/bowel issues.
“So far we haven't met anyone who couldn't drink camel milk,” Warwick said.