Will dromedary dairies save milk producers?


With milk prices in the subasement, Minnesota dairy farmers may consider trading their cows for camels. Both the Wall Street Journal and Star Tribune recently published articles about importing camel milk--it's not commercially available in the US yet--and starting domestic dromedary dairies. One importer expects camel milk to be sold in Minnesota within a year, possibly followed by actual camels, depending on demand.

While Minnesota's market for camel milk may be large--70K Somali Minnesotans are likely customers--there would be challenges trying to produce the Middle Eastern/African staple in the Midwest. The animals are extremely expensive and notoriously difficult to milk. Still, the price of camel milk exceeds that of crude oil--a liter typically costs between $20 and $40. I've never tried camel milk, but I'm definitely curious...