My World: Milking a Camel

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In my present world, on the outskirts of the city, there are crude barbed wire enclosures where camels are kept. The camels are tended to by foreign Sudanese workers.  Each camel corral houses several dozen camels of all shapes, sizes and colors.  So that there will be fresh camel milk available for customers, the mama camels are equipped with contraptions to keep the baby camels from nursing constantly. The juryrigged nursing bras are made of a canvas fabric and rope and are secured strategically around the nursing mama camel. Every time we have stopped for some fresh warm camel milk, the workers are happy to oblige, and they milk the camel right there on the spot.   It usually takes two men to accomplish the task since the beasts are so large.
If you are interested in seeing more photos of camels in Saudi Arabia and learning a bit more about them, please see some previous posts that I have done on the subject. Just click on the links below:
Baby Camel Nursing
Fresh and Frothy Camel Milk
Camels in Saudi Arabia
Camel in Natural Habitat
Camels and Tents

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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20 Responses to My World: Milking a Camel

  1. Siham says:

    Where can we find soy milk in jeddah ?

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  3. Marc says:

    I just discovered your blog (though skywatch) and it’s very interesting to find out about Jeddah this way. Camel milk, never heard of that being drunk by humans before. Kind regards.

  4. I had no idea people drank camel milk! Fascinating post!

  5. Arija says:

    An interesting posr. The camels lookt very healthy and in good condition., and you can be sure of getting very fresh milk.

  6. babooshka says:

    The title alone made me laugh. I have never before thought of milking a camel. This is another fascinating post.

  7. Who knew camels wore bra’s!! Great post and piccie.

  8. Indrani says:

    Great post, I have heard the camel milk tastes great!

  9. Hi To ALL! Camel’s milk tastes a lot like cow’s milk except it is much richer – to me I can taste like a film of fat in my mouth after I swallow. A gallon of the stuff, freshly squeezed, costs 20 riyals, which is $5 US. If you look closely at this photo, you can see parts of the nursing bras on the camel being milked and the big camel in front.

  10. How interesting to learn that camels are milked. I’d love to see their nursing bras!

  11. I’ve yet to see a camel, but they seem to be such an important animal in the mediterranean and middle east, that it would be impossible to understand that area without an appreciation of the animal. As for the milk, I don’t even drink cow milk … rather soy milk.

  12. Susan says:

    How does it taste? I’ve had goats milk before and like it. My daughter thinks it’s awful tho!

  13. Geogypsy says:

    I’m surprised to see so many camels together, for milking. I do love milk, so if Sonia says it’s better, yum.

    Love the looks into your current world.

  14. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: What a neat look at life in your world. Did you ever drink camels milk?

  15. Guy D says:

    Fantastic shot Susie, i’ve always wanted to go for a ride on a camel.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

  16. Carver says:

    That’s a great shot. I didn’t realize that camels were milked. Interesting post.

  17. Sonia says:

    We often joke that camel milk is the reason Middle Eastern people have lots of kids 🙂 In Central Asian mountain areas they make dried curds from camel milk. Because its so rich, it makes the best dried curd in the world. For those who are curious what camel milk tastes like, it is very rich and creamy, and it tastes like yummy milk. U.S. skim, 1% and 2% (even whole) milk taste like white water after you try whole warm camel milk.

  18. imac says:

    Great shot, I rode a camel once, its still only once.lol.

  19. ewok1993 says:

    Yap, how does it taste? And how much does it cost? Do they deliver to your house?

  20. Klaus says:

    Very interesting! How does Camel milk taste?
    Cheers, Klaus

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