'Delamere Goats’ milk stops Camel from getting the Hump’
‘Delamere Goats’ milk stops Camel from getting the Hump’
On Sunday 14th March, a male camel calf was born at the Oasis Camel Centre in Halesworth, Suffolk. Unfortunately the mother was not interested in the calf and he was getting weaker by the minute.. In fact the mother totally rejected the calf and was trying to bite and attack it. The staff had no other option but to take the calf away from the mother. Knowing that it is vital for the calf to receive the mothers’ first milk (colostrum) within the first few hours, the staff were forced to wrestle with the mother in order to milk her. Having managed to get about 1 litre of milk, they then had to follow this up with a substitute and had heard that goats’ milk was a suitable, digestible alternative.
Roger Sutton, MD at Delamere Dairy- the UK’s leading supplier of goats’ milk based in Cheshire said “Animals thrive on goats’ milk because it’s so digestible. The fat and protein molecules are much smaller and have thinner membranes than cows’ milk so pass through the body more smoothly. Easier digestion of the fat and protein allows lactose to pass through the system more rapidly, preventing a build up of lactose. Many humans who have an intolerance to cows’ milk, thrive on goats’ milk for the same reason.”
Ray Smith, the proprietor of the Camel Centre commented “In the first week the calf was drinking 500ml every 3 hours and despite him not having the strength to stand for the first four days! He is now five weeks old and has come on leaps and bounds and is now drinking 1500ml of Delamere Dairy UHT Whole Goats’ milk every 3 hours.”
The Camel Centre managed to buy out the entire stock of the UHT Whole Goats’ milk in two stores in the first week! Delamere Dairy thought they would help out by sending over some cases of the milk which the camel, still unnamed, is really enjoying. Roger Sutton further commented “it’s brilliant that our goats’ milk can help out such a critically endangered creature especially as there are fewer than 1,000 Bactrian camels left in the wild.”
Delamere Dairy has received many emails from delighted customers saying that the nutritious milk has helped to rear and nourish a variety of their animals- from pigs, rabbits and donkeys to dogs and cats. Five years ago, Delamere launched a range of milks specially formulated for cats and dogs – ‘Toplife Formula’ has a goats’ milk base with added ingredients and vitamins for a boost to their health.
The centre is currently running a competition to name the camel – for more information about the baby camel and the centre visit www.oasiscamelcentre.co.uk
Note to Editor:
Delamere Dairy, which began in 1985 with just three goats, is now the UK's leading goats’ milk products supplier and exports around the world. From its origins of supplying just goats’ milk, Delamere now offers fresh whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed goats’ milk, UHT whole and semi-skimmed goats’ milk, goat’s butter; plain and fruited goat’s yogurts; and a range of hard and soft goat’s cheeses. Delamere Dairy supplies all leading UK supermarkets, independents and convenience stores and exports its products to Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Goats’ milk, just like cows’ milk offers a balanced, nutritious addition to the daily diet, with some added benefits not just for humans, but camels and other animals too:
• It has a similar fat content to cows’ milk, but has a higher proportion of small fat globules which makes it easier to digest.
• It forms a softer curd in the stomach due to its protein make-up which can also aid digestion. It is also known to have improved conditions such as asthma and eczema, most likely because of a reduced allergenic reaction to the undigested proteins associated with cows’ milk.
• It is non mucous forming and is less likely to be congestive. It can provide dramatic relief to catarrh sufferers, for example children with perpetual runny noses.